Two men aged 28 and 23 have been arrested under the Terrorism Act on suspicion of involvement with four assaults involving firearms in the Creggan area of Londonderry earlier this year.
It’s after police carried out searches a number of searches in connection with the activities of the New IRA in the area before arresting the men on Wednesday.
Head of the terrorism investigation unit Detective Superintendent Richard Campbell said the assaults took place on January 6 and 8 and February 6 this year.
The victims suffered vicious attacks in clear human rights abuses and will suffer physical and mental scars and trauma that may never heal, said a police statement.
“Anyone who believes it is acceptable to bring guns onto the street and use them in a built-up area shows the contempt they have for people in the community,” it said.
“The bullets could have strayed at any moment and hit someone passing by. No community deserves to live with the threat of this violence nor do they want to be associated with the harm this causes victims and their families.”
Anyone with any information that can assist with the investigation being carried out is asked to contact police on 101.