Real IRA threatens to attack British bankers
The Real IRA has threatened to attack British bankers and their companies, claiming they benefit only a "social elite" at a cost to "millions of victims".
The dissident republican terrorist group labelled bankers as "criminals" and as the "next door neighbours of the politicians".
In an interview with The Guardian newspaper the Real IRA said: "We have a track record of attacking high-profile economic targets and financial institutions such as the City of London. The role of bankers and the institutions they serve in financing Britain's colonial and capitalist system has not gone unnoticed."
In a series of written answers the group tried to tap into public hostility towards financiers since the economic downturn.
They added: "Let's not forget that the bankers are the next-door neighbours of the politicians. Most people can see the picture: the bankers grease the politicians' palms, the politicians bail out the bankers with public funds, the bankers pay themselves fat bonuses and loan the money back to the public with interest. It's essentially a crime spree that benefits a social elite at the expense of many millions of victims."
However, security experts have doubted whether the group, which has only 100 activists, has the resources to carry out its threats.
During the early 1990s the Provisional IRA carried out a bombing campaign on the City of London and again on Canary Wharf in 1996.
So far the Real IRA has not been responsible for bombings on such a large scale.
The terrorists claimed that support for them was building and that they had turned away nationalists wishing to become members because they did not have the means to cater for them.
In addition to attacking banks the group said it intended to alternate future assaults on "military, political and economic targets".
Activists claimed that they had "regrouped" in recent years.
The police in the North have warned that the Real IRA is replicating tactics used in the Omagh bombing by delivering deliberately vague warnings that put police and civilians in danger.
The Republican group killed 29 people in 1998 after police were told there was a bomb on Main Street, when it was on Market Street.
Last month three children were hurt when a bomb went off in Lurgan, Co Armagh. A warning referred to the Model Primary School when the bomb exploded on North Street a short way away.