Police trying to ‘play down’ terror activity
The level of terrorist activity in Northern Ireland is being played down by the police and government to make it appear more normal than it actually is, the Police Federation has claimed.
When asked about the number of terrorist incidents this year, police say there have been 39 attacks on “national security targets”.
But its website lists the total number of shootings and bombings as 150.
The Police Federation has claimed the discrepancy is due to a conspiracy.
The PSNI has dismissed the allegation as “nonsense”.
Terrorist incidents are classified according to the target, not who carried out the attack.
If the target is a police officer or soldier, or a government building like a court house, it is termed a national security incident. However, attacks on civilians or commercial targets are not.