Northern Ireland

Number of paramilitary shootings almost halved in 2022

Army search teams assisted by the PSNI following the attempted murder of two officers in Strabane in November 22. Picture by David Young/PA.
Army search teams assisted by the PSNI following the attempted murder of two officers in Strabane in November 22. Picture by David Young/PA. Army search teams assisted by the PSNI following the attempted murder of two officers in Strabane in November 22. Picture by David Young/PA.

The number of paramilitary shootings almost halved in 2022.

According to the PSNI's Recorded Security Situation Statistics, there were eight casualties of paramilitary-style shootings last year.

This is compared to 14 in 2021.

There was also a drop in the number of paramilitary-style assaults with 25 in 2022 compared to 37 the previous year.

Eight of the assaults took place in Ards and North Down last year, while seven took place in Belfast.

Five policing districts saw a year-on-year decrease in the number of paramilitary style assaults.

Mid and East Antrim experienced the greatest decrease from 11 to four.

The number of security-related deaths dropped from two in 2021 to one last year, while the number of shooting incidents fell from 29 to 27.

Of these shootings, the highest number occurred in Derry City and Strabane, where there were 12.

There were seven in Belfast, while there were three each in Causeway Coast and Glens and Ards and North Down.

There were five bombing incidents in 2022, the same as the previous year. Three of these took place in Derry while the other two took place in Belfast and Mid Ulster.

The Derry incidents included an attack in November, which was claimed by the republican paramilitary group known as Arm na Poblachta (ANP), where a delivery driver was forced to take a bomb to a police station.

The incident came just days after police said they believed another dissident republican group, the New IRA, were responsible for an incident in which two officers escaped injury when their car was targeted in a bomb attack in Strabane, Co Tyrone.

There were 110 security-related arrests under Section 41 of the Terrorism Act in 2022 compared to 130 during the previous 12 months.

Of these, 13 people were subsequently charged, compared to 23 in 2021.

Of the 110 arrests, 51 occurred in Derry City and Strabane while 32 occurred in Belfast

According to the statistics, there were fewer firearms found during last year, when there were 24 compared to 39 in 2021.

In addition, there were 0.65kg of explosives found during the past 12 months compared to none during the

previous year.

Furthermore, there were 1,898 rounds of ammunition found in 2022 compared to 1,002 rounds found in 2021.