The grenade launcher dissidents fired in bid to murder RUC/PSNI

This is the grenade-launcher the dissidents group calling itself the ‘IRA’ says it used to attack police in North Belfast.

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Pictures emereged on Tuesday night of the home-made weapon used to fire a Semtex-packed device at a RUC/PSNI Land Rover in the Ardoyne area on Sunday night. They reveal how the “drop and go” shoulder-held launcher was designed to be discarded at the scene, making it easier for the volenteers to escape. No-one was injured in the attack but police said it was “as close to officers being killed as you can get”. It followed failed attempts to kill police officers in Derry and Strabane, Co Troyne, using different types of explosive devices. In a statement to The Irish News admitting responsibility for the latest attack, the ‘IRA’ said: “Volunteers from our Belfast Brigade fired a home-made rocket launcher striking an armoured RUC/PSNI military vehicle. “Despite being heavily armed the RUC/PSNI fled the scene. “Our capacity to target state forces is increasing and developing. 10339779_897616483605315_850425761070928856_nAs a result we will continue to target them at a time of our choosing.” Sources close to the group have claimed it has set up separate ‘engineering’ operations across Ireland. The use of technology similar to that previously employed by the Provisional IRA (PIRA) is likely to cause alarm among security chiefs. The group’s statement was condemned on Tuesday night by North Belfast SDLP MLA Alban Maginness who said the dissidents seemed “proud of their actions. “It’s outrageous given the fact that three police officers could have been seriously injured or killed,” he said (I think that was the idea). North Belfast DUP MP Nigel Dodds said dissidents must be stopped. “The claim of responsibility for this murderous attack focuses attention on the capability of dissident republicans and the threat they pose to everyone’s safety,” he said. “It also reinforces the need for all avenues to be pursued in identifying members of these groups and bringing them to justice.” Two men, aged 29 and 43, arrested in Strabane in connection with last month’s attempted bomb attack on police in the town were released unconditionally on Tuesday night. 1924869_261003004078418_1621745972_nOfficers were lured into the Ballycolman estate on October 23 to investigate reports of a bomb at a water-pumping station. It was claimed dissident republicans had thrown a device, which did not detonate, at a police patrol vehicle the previous night. The alert was declared a hoax but a second device – a viable bomb – was found in the garden of a nearby house.

With many thanks to: Connla Young, The Irish News, for the origional story.


RECENT weeks have seen the ‘IRA’ launch a series of potentially deadly attacks using a range of devices. 


The appearance of weaponry similar to that used by the Provisional IRA (PIRA), is likely to be of particular concern among security chiefs. The use of ‘drop and go’ weapons, such as the launcher in Sunday’s Ardoyne attack, is also evidence of an increased threat by those intent on targeting police officers. Shoulder launched, sources say the device contained Semtex and exploded on impact with the RUC/PSNI Land Rover. Police said it failed to completely detonate but pierced the outer skin of the vehicle. Republican sources claim the attack was launched from a range of more than 60 feet. While police will forensically test the reminants of any device they find, republicans claim the launcher used on Sunday was designed to be discarded before the attacker makes off. 858585614The ‘IRA’ announced its formation in July 2012 through a merger of the Real IRA (RIRA), the Derry group Republican Action Against Drugs (RAAD) and independent republicans in Mid-Ulster and carried out attacks across the North of Ireland – with an escalation in recent weeks. Earlier this month the group confirmed it was responsible for leaving a trip-wire device in Strabane which was discovered and made safe. A “calibrated pressure plate” device was also left for police in Derry last month, but again made safe after being discovered. Earlier this month a Semtex-packed device known as an ‘explosively formed projectile’ was launched at a police car in the Creggan area of Derry, causing significant damage to a rear door, but injuring no-one. A similar device was fired at a police Land Rover on Belfast’s Falls Road in March. While EFP technology has been used to deadly effect in parts of the Middle East, it is understood to be a modern version of the horizontal mortar – known by republicans as a ‘doodle bug’ – which was used by the Provisionals to kill police officers and British soldiers. Other gun and bomb attacks have been carried out over the past 12 months. It is claimed the organisation has set up several ‘engineering’ operations across the island of Ireland which are responsible for modifying existing equipment and developing new technology. One republican source said this is part of an effort to make individual ‘IRA’ groups in some areas self sufficient, limiting the need to transport weaponry and therefore risk discovery. They claim an increase in frequency of attacks and sophistication is having an impact on how the RUC/PSNI patrols nationalist areas. Republicans say the home made shoulder-held launcher, while simple in design, can be potentially deadly and can be used anywhere. “They can be made in a few hours,” a source said.

With many thanks to: Connla Young, The Irish News, for the origional story.


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