Weapons recovered by detectives investigating dissident republicans

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Detectives investigating dissident republicans in Northern Ireland have recovered two suspected guns and ammunition in the Omagh area.

The weapons were found in a hide on land in the Seskinore Road area of the Co Tyrone town on Tuesday, the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said.

Officers are investigating a potential link to the New IRA.

One of two suspected firearms recovered by police
One of two suspected firearms recovered by police (PSNI/PA)

Detective Chief Inspector John Caldwell was shot multiple times in an attack at a sports centre as he finished coaching a youth football team. He remains in a critical but stable condition in hospital.

Detectives from the PSNI Terrorism Investigation Unit (TIU) recovered the suspected firearms and ammunition on Tuesday.

Detective Chief Inspector Hamlin said: “The weapons were recovered from a constructed hide which had been secreted in the ground. The items have been taken away for further forensic examination. A main line of inquiry is that the weapons may be linked to the New IRA.

Ammunition recovered by police
Ammunition recovered by police (PSNI/PA)

“There is no place for this type of activity and the vast majority of people in our communities want to live in a peaceful society.

“We’re grateful for the support of local communities, and are keen to encourage anyone with information, or concerns, to contact us on 101.”

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