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Mortar Bomb Plotters 'Absolutely Reckless'
Police in Northern Ireland have condemned a foiled mortar bomb plot as "absolutely reckless".
Army bomb disposal experts were called to the Letterkenny Road area of Londonderry after the four live devices were discovered in the back of a van last night and around 100 homes were evacuated.
"These people were absolutely reckless," said Chief Superintendent Stephen Cargin.
"They were prepared to drive a van with four live mortar bombs, ready to go, through a built-up area in Derry city, putting the lives of thousands of people at risk.
"It doesn't even bear thinking about what we could have been looking at today in terms of the consequences of these devices had they exploded."
He added: "These people are voices of the past, and there's no future for them."
Sky's Ireland correspondent David Blevins said: "It would appear that police have managed to thwart yet another attempted attack by dissident republicans."
Three men have been arrested, including two 37-year-olds and a 35-year-old. One was the driver of the van, another was following on a motorbike. The third was arrested elsewhere in Derry.
Police are urging anyone who may have seen a white Citroen Berlingo Van (registration 99D 88526) and a black Honda CBR motorcycle (registration LIB 3341) to contact them.
Blevins added: "The police realised very quickly that they had intercepted the mortars primed for an attack in the vehicle which has a Southern Irish registration number plate.
"The foiled attack bears the stamp of dissident republicans who are opposed to the political settlement in Northern Ireland.
"Until recently, there were three different factions - the Real IRA, the Continuity IRA and ?laigh na h?reann (soldiers of Ireland) - but they are reported to have amalgamated into one group calling itself The New IRA.
"The timing of any attack would be significant given that we are just four days away from a Westminster by-election in Northern Ireland in the mid-Ulster constituency - the seat which was formerly held by Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness.
"That indeed may have been why a possible attack was being planned by those opposed to the peace settlement."
The four contenders for Thursday's by-election are Sinn Fein Assembly Member Francie Molloy, independent Nigel Lutton, the Social Democratic and Labour Party's Patsy McGlone and Eric Bullick of the cross-community Alliance Party.
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what do you think?
Initially I thought this was a story about an Irish housing market recovery.
That made alot more sense before they changed the headline - thank Orange for making me look like a politician
Better the discredited Real ect . IRA worry about what is happening in the Republic with bankers and corrupt politicians instead of killing innocent people . The people of ALL Ireland have voted against violence put an end to it. A united Ireland through democracy is the only way ,end the killings now.
What if the people of Northern Ireland voted no?
Time will tell as the republican supporters will out number the Loyalists i.e. their having more babies:)))
This is not "TERRORISM" just an 'absolute reckless act'!
No one seems to be able to guarantee peace in Ireland. When Ireland gained Home Rule in1922, what ensued was civil war within what is now the Republic. The fact that the majority of people in Northern Ireland want peace, and the Republic changed its constitution to allow that by dropping its claim to Northern Ireland, matters little to some people. Sadly, HappyMike is right - Loyalist emigration and a higher birth rate amongst Republicans is seeing the gap betwee the two communities closing, even though not all RCs are Republicans and not all Protestants are Loyalists. Beween 1922 and 2000, the percentage of Protestants in the Republic dropped from almost 10 per cent to just 2 per cent.
Yes make love not war.