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Derry police search linked to New IRA investigation

Police say Friday's search at Letterkenny Road in Derry is linked to New IRA activity. Picture by Margaret McLaughlin
Seamus McKinney

Police say a major search in the Letterkenny Road area of Derry is linked to an ongoing investigation into activity by the New IRA.

The planned search is being carried out by the PSNI’s Terrorism Investigation Unit (TIU) supported by local police and the Tactical Support Unit. The operation got underway on the outskirts of Derry on Friday.

The search follows the discovery of two suspected guns and ammunition in a constructed hide at Seskinore Road in the Omagh area on Tuesday which police believe is also linked to the dissident republican group. There have also been PSNI searches in the same general, Letterkenny Road/Creggan area of Derry earlier this month.

A police spokesman thanked the community for its “continued support”. He said police were continuing to work to disrupt those involved in “terrorism-related activity”.

“We will continue to use all tools at our disposal to reduce the threat posed by violent dissident republicans and we encourage anyone with information or concerns to contact us on 101,” the spokesman said.


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