Tuesday 21 August 2018

Garda, Army alert for lone wolf attack

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald Photo: Tom Burke
Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald Photo: Tom Burke

Tom Brady and David Kearns

Garda and military intelligence units have increased their monitoring of suspected jihadi sympathisers here in an attempt to prevent the spread of terrorism to this country.

Senior security advisers are particularly concerned at the rise in the number of 'lone wolf' strikes on the continent and have been keeping a close watch on the suspects. The stepped-up surveillance comes in the wake of a string of brutal attacks in recent weeks.

A spokesperson for Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said Ireland "cannot consider itself immune" from terrorism.

"The level of threat is kept under constant review by An Garda Síochána, particularly in the light of ongoing developments," he told the Irish Independent.

"There is no specific information in relation to any threat to Ireland from international terrorism."

However, the former head of the UK National Counter-Terrorism Security Office Chris Phillips has warned that Ireland is a "soft target".

"It isn't enough to pretend that these attacks wouldn't come here. A soft target is a soft target," he said.

Irish Independent

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