GARDA ANTI-DISSIDENT PROBE UNCOVERS ARMS CACHE IN SCOTSTOWN

4 December 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A quantity of firearms and bomb-making components have been uncovered in the Scotstown area of Co Monaghan as part of an ongoing security operation targeting dissident republican activity in the Border region, the Gardaí confirmed on Tuesday.

A number of AK47 assault rifles, mortars, detonators, detonating cord and other component parts of IEDs or improvised explosive devices were unearthed, in what was described as a suspected arms dump, in searches conducted by members of the Gardaí’s Special Detective, Emergency Response and Dog units, with input from members of the Cavan/Monaghan divisional search team.

The search commenced on Wednesday, November 25 last and is being described by the Gardaí as an ongoing operation in which specialist anti-terrorist officers are closely involved.

A 43-year-old man arrested in the Scotstown area last week has subsequently appeared before Dublin’s Special Criminal Court on charges alleging membership of an illegal organisation (see separate story).

An Army EOD or Explosive Ordnance Disposal team was deployed to assist with the operation at 2.45 pm on November 26 and continued to provide support until 4 pm on November 30.

A statement from the Defence Forces pointed out…

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