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The men were arrested as part of an investigation into the INLA

The men were arrested as part of an investigation into the INLA

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The men were arrested as part of an investigation into the INLA

Three men have been arrested as part of a PSNI probe into the activities of the INLA.

The men, aged 27, 28 and 30 were arrested following searches at addresses in Strabane and Derry City. All three were arrested under the Terrorism Act and were taken to Musgrave serious crime suite in Belfast for interview.

The arrests are in connection with an incident in 2019 during which a number of individuals holding firearms posed for a photograph in front of INLA graffiti in the Galliagh area.

Detective Inspector Boyd said: “This search and arrest operation is part of an ongoing investigation into the criminality of the INLA in the North West.

"Dismantling this group is a priority for police due to the threat, risk and harm they pose to our communities. The breadth and depth of their criminality has a major impact on our communities in Londonderry and Strabane.

"The INLA claim to be protecting their communities by shooting people they accuse of being involved in crime. In reality, it is they who use violence and intimidation to control and exploit their communities. I condemn the INLA’S use of social media to spread the fear of violence they seek to instil in their communities. "

UPDATE: Police later released the men unconditionally.

Belfast Telegraph