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IMC’s new report handed in

The British and Irish governments have been given the latest report of the Independent Monitoring Commission — including its assessment of the dissident republican threat.

It is the first report by the paramilitary watchdog since a decision by the security services to raise the threat level in Britain to substantial. It is due to be published on Thursday.

The most recent dissident activity includes two car bomb attacks — one carried out by the Real IRA, and the other by Oglaigh na hEireann.

And an Army Major escaped injury in Bangor in a planned undercar bomb attack.

The IMC also wants proof from the UVF leadership of its publicly stated commitment to “civilianise” its organisation.

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