Five men will appear in court on Saturday on charges connected to a major investigation into dissident republican activity.
Three aged 41, 42 and 47 face counts of conspiracy to murder, conspiracy to cause an explosion, preparation of terrorist acts and collecting information of use to terrorism.
The 47-year-old has also been charged with directing terrorism.
What is unusual about this is that the police have thanked the Security Service – MI5. They rarely make any reference to the intelligence services, particularly at this stage in the process.
A PSNI statement said: “The charges, some of which have been used seldom in the past in Northern Ireland, are the result of an investigation led by police into dissident republican terrorist activity.
“Officers have worked closely with colleagues in the Security Service and, latterly, with the Public Prosecution Service to reach a point where charges have been brought.”
A further two men aged 33 and 34, who were arrested in Carrickmore and Omagh last Saturday, have been charged with possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, attendance at a place used for terrorist training and preparation of terrorist acts.
They will appear at court in Omagh, also on Saturday.
Police added that a 37-year-old woman and a 46-year-old man arrested in Pomeroy and Toome last weekend as part of the same investigation remain in custody.
The investigation is ongoing.
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- Northern Irish suspected republican dissident faces terror charges (guardian.co.uk)
- Man accused of directing terrorism (belfasttelegraph.co.uk)
- Dissident republicans ‘have remote detonation capability’ (seachranaidhe1.wordpress.com)
- Republican dissident suspects held (belfasttelegraph.co.uk)
- Two released in dissident probe (belfasttelegraph.co.uk)