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RIRA plot to kill general

The Real IRA wanted to pay a Balkan hitman to murder a top British army general responsible for operations in Bosnia.

The plan to kill Sir Michael Rose — which could come straight from the pages of a spy novel — was the brainchild of Lurgan terror boss Paul McCaugherty.

The 43-year-old was found guilty last week of trying to smuggle weapons and explosives into Northern Ireland.

McCaugherty — who boasted “his” organisation built the 1998 Omagh bomb — was arrested following an elaborate two-year security services sting operation.

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