Three mortars have been found in the back of a van on the outskirts of Londonderry

#1
Mortar Bombs Found In Van In Londonderry

Sky's Ireland correspondent David Blevins said: "It would appear that police have managed to thwart yet another attempted attack by dissident Republicans.

"A huge security operation has been under way for several hours now but in the last few minutes Sky sources have confirmed to us that police intercepted at least three mortars last night.

"One hundred families have been evacuated from their homes and we understand that two men, aged 35 and 37, have been detained.

"We are being told by local people in the Letterkenny Road area that police stopped the van and there is some suggestion they stopped a motorbike at the same time before they took the two people into custody.

"The police realised very quickly that they had intercepted the mortars primed for an attack in the vehicle with a Southern Irish registration number plate.

"They have called in the Army bomb squad to defuse the devices."

Blevins added: "The timing of any attack would be significant given that we are just four days away from a Westminster by-election in Northern Ireland in the mid-Ulster constituency - the seat which was formerly held by Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness.

"That indeed may have been why a possible attack was being planned by those opposed to the peace settlement."
 
#6
Begorrha - Bombs from the back of beyond (use)!
 
#7
I wonder if the details of this plot were handed to the PSNI by the IRA big boys. No one wants to go back to the murderous days.
 
#8
Unpossible, everything was destroyed and handed in!
 
#10
Mortar Bombs Found In Van In Londonderry

Sky's Ireland correspondent David Blevins said: "It would appear that police have managed to thwart yet another attempted attack by dissident Republicans.

"A huge security operation has been under way for several hours now but in the last few minutes Sky sources have confirmed to us that police intercepted at least three mortars last night.

"One hundred families have been evacuated from their homes and we understand that two men, aged 35 and 37, have been detained.

"We are being told by local people in the Letterkenny Road area that police stopped the van and there is some suggestion they stopped a motorbike at the same time before they took the two people into custody.

"The police realised very quickly that they had intercepted the mortars primed for an attack in the vehicle with a Southern Irish registration number plate.

"They have called in the Army bomb squad to defuse the devices."

Blevins added: "The timing of any attack would be significant given that we are just four days away from a Westminster by-election in Northern Ireland in the mid-Ulster constituency - the seat which was formerly held by Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness.

"That indeed may have been why a possible attack was being planned by those opposed to the peace settlement."
Wonder who touted them out, Gerry or Martin ?
 
#11
I bet that was fun for the operator, every man and his dog will have descended on the scene.

I wonder if mortars are still taught on the course. They will be now.
 
#12
Wonder if they still have the "dick and willie" puller on team kits?
 
#18
It is the first time dissidents have attempted this type of mortar attack.
BBC NI Home Affairs correspondent Vincent Kearney said the discovery of the devices was "a highly significant development".

"Dissident republicans have attempted to use mortars before, but not on this scale," he said.

"A security source said this was 'a major step-up in technical ability - a number of mortars have been recovered in recent years, but not on this scale'."

Either some people have very short memories or they are trying to sensationalise this for some reason. CIRA were using virtually identical mortars 12 years ago.
 

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#19
I just wanted to say that THWART is a smashing word, its sounds so Victorian...
 

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