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Two men arrested in west Belfast INLA probe

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

Two men have been arrested and suspected firearms seized as part of an investigation into the INLA in west Belfast.

Police carried out two searches at houses in the Turf Lodge area on Thursday night and seized two suspected firearms, a telescopic sight and suspected ammunition.

A 48-year-old man was arrested under the Terrorism Act.

On Friday, a second man aged 56 was arrested at Musgrave Police Station. Both men are currently being questioned in police custody.

Detective Chief Inspector Cummings said: "We are committed to tackling and disrupting the criminality linked to paramilitarism, including  paramilitary style assaults. 

"Paramilitaries claim to protect their communities but the reality is that they use fear and violence in a bid to exert control over their communities. Those involved should be under no illusion - we will seek to identify them, arrest them and place them before the courts. 

“Many areas face challenges from organised criminal gangs with paramilitary connections.  Those who are involved in this type of criminality do not represent the interests of the community. 

"We will continue to target all paramilitary groups and disrupt their illegal activities which only serve to blight the communities they operate in."

Police have appealed for anyone with any information regarding paramilitary activity to contact them on 101.

Information can also be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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