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Four arrested in dissident republican operation in Lurgan

Published 21/09/2016

Searches Lurgan. Photograph by Declan Roughan Press Eye
Searches Lurgan. Photograph by Declan Roughan Press Eye
Searches Lurgan. Photograph by Declan Roughan Press Eye
Searches Lurgan. Photograph by Declan Roughan Press Eye
Searches Lurgan. Photograph by Declan Roughan Press Eye
Searches Lurgan. Photograph by Declan Roughan Press Eye
Searches Lurgan. Photograph by Declan Roughan Press Eye
Searches Lurgan. Photograph by Declan Roughan Press Eye
Searches Lurgan. Photograph by Declan Roughan Press Eye
Searches Lurgan. Photograph by Declan Roughan Press Eye
Searches Lurgan. Photograph by Declan Roughan Press Eye
Searches Lurgan. Photograph by Declan Roughan Press Eye
Searches Lurgan. Photograph by Declan Roughan Press Eye

Police have carried out a number of searches and made arrests in Lurgan as part of an operation against dissident republican terrorist activity.

Police swooped on north of the Co Armagh town on Wednesday.

A PSNI spokesman said: "A number of houses have been evacuated in the Woodville Avenue area of Lurgan as part of an ongoing security operation.

"Police have conducted a number of searches at properties in the town this morning and four men have been arrested. Two are 22 years old, one is 24 and the fourth is 46.

"Three were arrested in Lurgan and the 46 year old in Coalisland. They are being questioned at a Belfast police station."

DUP MLA Carla Lockhart said: "I congratulate the police for their action on this. The PSNI is sending out a very clear message – terrorist activity no matter what level will simply not be tolerated.

"Nobody wants to see terrorist activity here and this operation in north Lurgan has once again thwarted the aims of those groups who want to drag Northern Ireland back into the past. Dissident activity has no place in this community.

"I urge anyone with any information linked to these searches or dissident republican activity to contact the police.”

David Simpson MP added, “News that dissident activity is continuing to happen in the area is worrying. These individuals have no regard for life and intend to disrupt normal life here.

"The security forces are to be congratulated in their work for uncovering this and I hope they will continue to make significant strides against terrorism here."

Sinn Fein MLA Catherine Seeley condemned the disruption caused by a security alert in Lurgan.

The Upper Bann MLA said: "This security alert and house searches has brought nothing but disruption to the local community in the kilwilkee estate.

"Residents in Woodville Drive have had to be evacuated from their homes while others have been forced to stay inside their homes rather than pass by the suspect device.

"This incident serves only to cause fear and disruption and achieves nothing."

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