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Police raid new dissident republican group's offices in Belfast

By Suzanne Breen

The PSNI last night raided the west Belfast offices of a new dissident republican party.

Dozens of police officers took part in the two-and-a-half hour raid on the Falls Road premises of Saoradh. Party members said police told them that they were searching for "munitions and electronic devices".

Saoradh - Irish for "liberation" - is supported by New IRA prisoners. Its launch in Newry last September was attended by prominent republicans including Lurgan dissident, Colin Duffy.

Saoradh spokesman, Sean Cahill, said: "Our office was unstaffed when police arrived after teatime and forced their way into the building.

"When we arrived, they said they were looking for munitions and electronic devices. They carried out their search unhindered and found nothing."

Mr Cahill claimed it was "a nonsense" to suggest that illegal materials would be in the party's office.

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