There is much in the official account of the Omagh bombing to raise doubt in the mind of the objective observer as to whether this was in fact an organic act of terror, or a state provocation. It’s documented, though perhaps not as widely known as it ought to be, that the IRA was widely infiltrated by Royal agents, many of whom directed devastating terror operations. Omagh was one such incident, a joint operation between the military, the FBI and MI5 to cook up the bomb used in the plot. The perpetrators? Mole Kevin Fulton and the ‘Real IRA’. Is the Real IRA still an organ of state provocation? Will this latest incident have any effect on the way people vote in the second forced EU referendum this October?
Henry McDonald, The Guardian
September 8, 2009
Dissident republicans blamed for planting 270kg device on roadside in South Armagh
Police in Northern Ireland have foiled a terror plot involving a bomb twice the size of the one that devastated Omagh in the single biggest atrocity of the Troubles.
The 270kg (600lb) device was discovered in a spot close to the border near Forkhill in South Armagh. It had a command wire attached to it that ran from Northern Ireland to a firing point inside the Irish Republic, police said today.
Its discovery came after a week-long search operation involving armed police officers, British army helicopters and Irish troops on either side of the South Armagh/North Louth border region.
During the seven-day security operation, a number of homes had to be evacuated and a road leading to a local horticultural business was closed to protect the public.
A senior police commander said there could have been a “devastating outcome” if the bomb had been detonated.
The North Louth/South Armagh area is a stronghold for the Real IRA. It was from this region that the Omagh bomb plot was hatched and executed, 11 years ago.
Last month, the Real IRA staged a show of strength in the nearby village of Meigh. Armed dissidents patrolled the village with Kalashnikov rifles and rocket launchers, and even stopped traffic at a makeshift roadblock. A police patrol that drove into Meigh had to withdraw when officers realised they were outgunned by the Real IRA unit.
“The actions of terrorist criminals in planting this device in the Forkhill area put local people and police officers at significant risk,” the local PSNI commander, Chief Inspector Sam Cordner, said today.
“Their actions were reckless and dangerous in the extreme. Their target may have been the police, but they did not care who they killed or injured.
“It is only through the hard work and professionalism of police officers and their military colleagues that the area has been made safe.”
The remains of the device, which contained fertiliser-based homemade explosives, have been removed for further examination, a PSNI spokesman said.
The Sinn FÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â©in MP for Newry and Armagh and Northern Ireland minister, Conor Murphy, said he was “extremely concerned” over the find.
He said: “I would question the motives of those who are putting the local community in such danger.
“I challenge those who have planted this bomb in the community to come forward and explain why they have done so. How is this furthering the struggle for Irish freedom?”
The local SDLP assembly member, Dominic Bradley, condemned those who had planted the bomb, but also questioned the police response.
“Everybody accepts the dangerous nature of policing this type of threat by the PSNI,” he said. However, serious questions must be asked about the response time in dealing with the device and evacuating people from their nearby homes.
“It seems the PSNI may have known about this bomb days before they moved people. And if that’s the case, then it is certainly cause for much concern.”
The Real IRA and Continuity IRA have attempted to mount major bomb attacks since their terror campaigns intensified at the start of this year.
In January, the security forces found and defused a 300lb in Down, which they said was destined for Ballykinley army base on the coast. Five months later, around 100lbs of explosives were found in field near Rosslea, in Fermanagh. Security sources said this device, like the one found in Down, was to have been used against the army and police.
British troops and police officers remain the Real IRA and Continuity IRA’s principal targets in their campaigns to destabilise the political power-sharing settlement in Northern Ireland. Both organisations regard Sinn FÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â©in’s presence in the power-sharing coalition with unionists as a sell-out of traditional republicanism.
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