Irish police seize IRA dissidents' weapons factory

January 13, 2011 13:26


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DUBLIN  — Irish police said they have arrested five suspected IRA dissidents and seized a weapons-making factory at a remote farm.

Detectives said Thursday the weapons-makers were working inside two cargo containers on farm land near the village of Monasterevin, 40 miles (65 kilometers) southwest of Dublin. Officers found metal tubes and other parts for making vehicle-mounted heavy mortars and pipe bombs.

A police task force operating under the code name Operation Designer has spent two years tracking Irish Republican Army splinter groups. The operation seeks to identify those supplying weapons for use in the neighboring British territory of Northern Ireland.

The arrested men are aged between their mid-20s and 55 and could be questioned for up to three days before being charged or released.

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