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Irish republican dissident groups ‘co-operating’

A “realignment” within dissident republicanism is leading to an increase in attacks on the security forces in Northern Ireland, MPs have been warned.

In the wake of Monday night's attack on a Belfast police station, the DUP's Jeffrey Donaldson demanded assurances that the PSNI was getting the resources it needed to combat the “serious threat”.

Northern Ireland Security Minister Paul Goggins condemned the attack near Oldpark barracks in north Belfast, but said the security forces were aware of “tactical co-operation” between certain terrorist groups.

At question time in the Commons yesterday Mr Donaldson asked Mr Goggins: “Are you aware of a realignment that is taking place within these dissident republican groups? As a result of that we have seen an increase in the number of attacks and the risks to the security forces.”

Mr Goggins told him: “The Independent Monitoring Commission did note that there were some tactical co-operation between certain groupings. That is something that the PSNI and the Security Service are dealing with.”

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