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Saturday 20 January 2018

Gardai probe mystery video shoot in forest by 'dissidents'

Greg Harkin

GARDAI are investigating a video shoot by suspected dissident terrorists in a remote forest.

Two trained rescue volunteers stumbled on the gang while out searching for a missing dog. The gang of four men and two women were all dressed in paramilitary uniforms and had tripods, camera gear and lighting equipment.

Peter Brown, from the Donegal Mountain Rescue Team, was out training his search dog 'Buddy' when the incident happened.

"It was a suspicious set of circumstances," Mr Brown told the Irish Independent.

"I had a colleague with me and Buddy went missing. He's trained to track down people and he just disappeared into the forest. One man suddenly appeared and threatened my colleague to stay out of the forest."

The incident happened in the Muff area of Co Donegal late on the night of Saturday, March 2. "I have no idea what those people were up to and I can't say for certain what they were doing but they were dressed in camouflage gear and had filming equipment," Mr Brown said.

The dog was located several hours later, but again in odd circumstances. "Buddy was gone overnight but when we found him in the early hours of Sunday he was completely dry and clean, even though it was very damp and boggy there," Mr Brown said.

A garda spokesman said officers are investigating the incident. One officer said the fact the rescue workers were threatened the incident "all the more alarming".

Irish Independent

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