Sunday 19 November 2017

Gardaí investigating radical Islamic groups arrest man and woman in Waterford

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Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

Gardaí have arrested two people in Waterford for questioning in relation to suspected links to international terrorism including radical Islamic groups.

The arrests took place shortly before 10am at an address in Waterford city less than 1km from the city's main Garda station.

The duo, a man and a woman, are both understood to be in their 20s.

Gardai arrested them at a rented property and a detailed search was later conducted at the house on foot of a warrant.

The property is just off Waterford city centre.

The search involved members of the Garda Technical Bureau.

Garda sources revealed that particular attention was being paid to computers, mobile phones and tablets to determine precisely what electronic traffic may have taken place between the duo and specific individuals overseas.

The couple are said to have been resident in the Waterford area for some time.

Both were taken to Waterford Garda Station at Ballybricken for questioning.

They are being detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act and can be held for up to 24 hours.

Gardai must then decide whether to release or charge the individuals involved.

It is understood that the arrests followed a lengthy intelligence operation.

This included detailed surveillance of a number of individuals whom Gardai were concerned may have had contacts with known international terrorist associates

These are understood to include suspected Islamic fundamentalist operatives.

Gardai declined to comment further on the arrests but it is understood that their intelligence operation has been conducted with significant input from overseas security agencies including the UK, France, Germany and the US.

"As part of an ongoing intelligence-led operation into persons suspected of involvement in terrorist activity, an operation was conducted by Gardai in Waterford city this morning," a Garda spokesman said.

"Two persons were arrested on suspicion of having committed offences under the Criminal Justice Terrorist Offences Act, 2005."

"Both persons were taken to Waterford Garda Station and are detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act."

The arrests form part of an investigation which has been running for more than three years into Irish-based individuals who may have links to international terrorist associates.

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