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Four men held as police target dissident republican activity

Published 21/09/2016

PSNI officers examined several properties in the Lurgan area of Co Armagh
PSNI officers examined several properties in the Lurgan area of Co Armagh

Four men have been arrested as part of a major police operation targeting dissident republican activity in Northern Ireland.

Three suspects in their 20s were detained in Lurgan, Co Armagh, while a 46-year-old was arrested in Coalisland, also in Co Armagh.

They have been taken to Belfast for questioning.

Police swooped on a number of properties in Lurgan early on Wednesday and forensic search teams have spent several hours carrying out detailed examinations.

A number of other properties in the Woodville Avenue area of the town were evacuated as part of the operation, police said.

DUP MLA Carla Lockhart said: "The PSNI are 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."

The MP for the area, David Simpson, said: "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."

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