There has been widespread condemnation of a photo believed to be of the INLA circulating on social media.
The PSNI made two arrests shortly after the photo was circulated on various platforms this week.
The photo shows five INLA members wearing balaclavas, four of whom are carrying weapons. It’s believed to have been taken in Londonderry.
DUP councillor Dale Pankhurst called for a crackdown on the group ‘before they become more dangerous’.
Cllr Dale Pankhurst
A photo from the 1980s? Unfortunately not. This photo was taken last night. @JulianSmithUK must move quickly and remove the INLA’s ceasefire status. They must be cracked down on before becoming even more dangerous.
Police have blamed the group for an increase in paramilitary attacks in the north west of Northern Ireland.
A 19-year-old Strabane man arrested by detectives investigating criminality linked to the INLA was released on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, a 57-year-old-man arrested in Londonderry as part of the same investigation remains in custody.
Mobile phones, documentation and other electronic devices were also seized by police during three searches.
Part of the operation was linked to an investigation into shots being fired following the death of former INLA prisoner Michael McElkerney in May this year.
“Part of [the] operation also relates to an investigation into an incident on May 20 this year in the Divis area of Belfast, when an individual recklessly used an automatic weapon to fire a series of shots into the air in a heavily populated area,” said Detective Inspector Tom McClure.
“The group are a priority for due to the level of threat, risk and harm they pose to our communities and the breadth and depth of their criminality,” he said.
With many thanks to the: Belfast Telegraph for the original story