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27 attacks by terror gangs so far in 2016

By Kate Ferguson

Published 01/07/2016

The threat level from Northern Ireland-related terrorism was raised from moderate to substantial in May, meaning a strike against the mainland is
The threat level from Northern Ireland-related terrorism was raised from moderate to substantial in May, meaning a strike against the mainland is "a strong possibility"

There have been 27 paramilitary-style attacks here so far this year amid heightened concerns about the risk posed by violent Irish republicanism, the Government has revealed.

The threat level from Northern Ireland-related terrorism was raised from moderate to substantial in May, meaning a strike against the mainland is "a strong possibility".

Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers said in an urgent written statement to Parliament: "So far this year, the PSNI have recovered terrorist items including firearms, ammunition and bomb making equipment.

"There have been 59 arrests, of which eight individuals have been charged for terrorist-related offences."

She said republican and loyalist gangs conduct "brutal" criminal attacks in a bid to exert control over their communities.

Between January and May of this year, there were 27 paramilitary-style attacks, three of which were fatal.

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