Tuesday 6 December 2016

Sheer quality of the bomb-making equipment is cause for concern

Published 08/06/2015 | 02:30

The failure of the dissidents to bring about sufficient improvement in their weaponry has so far saved the lives of targeted PSNI officers as well as civilians caught up on the periphery
The failure of the dissidents to bring about sufficient improvement in their weaponry has so far saved the lives of targeted PSNI officers as well as civilians caught up on the periphery

A huge haul of explosives and bomb-making equipment seized in recent operations by the Garda Special Branch has resulted in a detailed forensic examination and analysis by the force's technical bureau and the Army's ordnance officers.

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Apart from the sheer size of the seizures, it is also the quality of the finds that is arousing the keen interest of security agencies on both sides of the border.

A study of devices used by the dissidents over the past couple of years showed that the IRA renegades were improving their capacity to launch attacks, involving improvised explosive devices, in the North.

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