Monday 10 December 2018

Gardaí will liaise closely with French authorities over jihadist threat here

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Robin Schiller

Robin Schiller

Gardaí will liaise closely with their French counterparts after the terrorist atrocity in Nice.

While their numbers are understood to be very small, the authorities here remain vigilant against home-grown jihadists.

Justice Minister and Tanaiste Frances Fitzgerald said: "The attack in Nice last night was an unspeakably evil outrage. Whatever its motivation, it seems clear that its intent was to kill, wound and terrorise ordinary people enjoying the freedoms we cherish so much.

"An Garda Síochána willbe liaising closely with their French and other international counterparts about the attack and continue to take whatever measures are necessary to deal with the threat from terrorism.

"This is yet another time of great anguish for the people of France. All who cherish democracy will stand with them in the knowledge that our values will ultimately prevail in the face of such savagery."

Detectives from the Garda Counter-Terrorism International (CTI) unit were previously dispatched overseas.

The officers, attached to the Special Detective Unit (SDU) were tasked with interviewing refugees and asylum seekers t attempting to enter Ireland.

Both the Garda Emergency Response Unit (ERU) and the Army Ranger Wing have also undergone intensive training .

This was expanded since the threat level was increased early last year from "low" to "moderate", which means a terror attack in this country is considered possible but not likely.

Irish Independent

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