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12 held in 'dissidents' house raid

A dozen men have been arrested by police investigating the Continuity IRA terror group in Northern Ireland.

Detectives said they were probing "violent dissident republican" activity after raiding a house in Newry close to the border with the Irish Republic.

The suspects were aged between 36 and 75, some from the Republic. They were detained using anti-terrorism powers and may be held for up to 28 days.

Officers from the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) are quizzing them at Antrim police station.

The Continuity IRA is one of several relatively small but dangerous armed republican groups opposed to the peace process in Northern Ireland. Police are on high alert for attacks by extremists.

Last night's operation at a house in Ardcarne Park in Newry was described by police as "proactive".

Detective Superintendent Kevin Geddes, from the force's serious crime branch, said: "Police are determined to investigate those individuals suspected of involvement in serious crime.

"This investigation is an example of our commitment to keep everyone in the community safe."

Garda sources in Dublin confirmed a number of the individuals arrested during the sweep were from the Republic.

Gardai are working with their counterparts north of the border on the investigation.

However, there have been no searches or arrests in the Republic so far connected to the operation.

A Garda spokesman said: "We are assisting the PSNI in relation to an ongoing investigation into dissident republican activities."

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