Three charged over threats to kill on social media
Officers are liaising with the PSNI in relation to the men arrested, as they may be connected to a recent serious incident in Co Fermanagh.
Three men arrested over alleged threats to kill made on social media have been charged by gardai and will appear in court in Mullingar on Friday.
Gardai liaised with the PSNI following a recent machete attack in Co Fermanagh which is under investigation by police in Northern Ireland.
On Saturday, a group of men broke into a house in Trasna Way, Lisnaskea, and attacked a 13-year-old girl.
She needed hundreds of stitches after she tried to protect her months-old nephew, who was unharmed during the incident.
A 41-year-old woman was also treated for stab wounds to her leg but has since been discharged from hospital.
Videos emerged following the incident and have been circulating on social media ever since.
On Thursday morning, Athlone gardai conducted a number of planned searches in the area, searching for weapons which were displayed in the videos and media devices used to record and upload the content under investigation.
Gardaí in Athlone are investigating a number of threats to kill and cause serious harm to persons made on social media over the past few days.— Garda Info (@gardainfo) November 21, 2019
One male is in his late 40’s and the other two males are in their 20’s have been arrested.
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During the course of these searches, one man in his late 40s and two men in their 20s, all from the Athlone area were arrested, and a number of electronic devices and weapons were seized.
The men were detained at Mullingar and Athlone Garda Stations.
They are all due to appear before Mullingar District Court on Friday morning charged in relation to the social media incidents.