Saturday 26 May 2018

Two men arrested after gardaí seize six bags of explosives found in car

Two of the bags taken from the car by gardaí last night. Picture: Arthur Carron
Two of the bags taken from the car by gardaí last night. Picture: Arthur Carron
Gardaí at the scene where a quantity of explosives was found in a car at the Long Mile Road in Dublin. Photo: Arthur Carron

Ken Foy

Two men have been arrested after gardaí found what is believed to be explosives in their car.

The pair - aged in their 30s and 40s - were travelling in the vehicle on the Naas Road in West Dublin last night when members of the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) stopped them and discovered what they suspected was explosive material.

The car was stopped on the Naas Road inbound lane, close to Woodies DIY store, just before the Long Mile Road junction at 7.30pm last night.

The Defence Forces Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Unit was called to the scene to examine the contents.

The men were arrested as part of an intelligence led operation by officers investigating the activities of dissident republicans, RTE reported.

EOD officers were seen removing six bags from the car, which were suspected to have contained explosive material.

The material seized from the car will be sent for analysis to determine what the substances are.

A tow truck removed the car from the scene last night.

The Long Mile Road junction and the Naas Road were closed to all traffic until the scene was made safe.

The two arrested men were taken to Ballyfermot and Ronanstown Garda Stations under the provisions of Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act. They remained in garda custody overnight.

The discovery resulted from an intelligence-led operation conducted by gardaí attached to the Crime and Security section and the Special Detective Unit.

Irish Independent

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