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Justice Minister condemns dissident republican threat against security firm staff

The Justice Minister has condemned a threat against security firm staff issued by dissident republicans.

The threat against G4S staff came from a group calling itself the IRA, it was reported.

David Ford has said those who issued the threat need to withdraw it immediately.

It follows gun attack on an empty G4S vehicle in Belfast.

No one was injured.

Responding to the threats, David Ford said:

"Threats against anyone in our community are totally unacceptable and this threat needs to be withdrawn immediately.

"Companies carrying out legitimate contracts for government help our society to function normally and their staff need to be able to carry out their work without the fear of threat.

"Electronic monitoring makes an important contribution to public safety and enables individuals who might otherwise be remanded in custody to remain with their families whilst the justice process takes its course. Threats of this nature help no one."

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