NIreland police seize dissident weapons

AP News
Posted: Apr 24, 2011 2:34 PM
NIreland police seize dissident weapons

Northern Ireland police have charged three men with a series of terrorist offenses linked to the discovery of suspected dissident firearms.

The three suspects, aged 34 to 39, were arrested on Friday. Police found guns and ammunition in their vehicle after stopping it close to the Irish border.

The men were charged Sunday with possession of firearms with intent to endanger life, preparing to commit an act of terrorism and possession of items likely to be of use to terrorists.

The arms seizures on Friday was the first of three similar hauls recovered in south Armagh in two days.

They come as police remain on high alert across Northern Ireland amid fears of a terror attack to mark traditional republican commemorations of the 1916 Easter Rising against British rule.