CIRA plotted to kill Facebook soldier

Published Tuesday, 18 December 2012
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Gardaí have foiled a dissident republican plot to kill a soldier in the British Army as he planned to return home to see his family in Limerick for Christmas.

CIRA plotted to kill Facebook soldier
A member of the dissident group used Facebook to learn the solider's movements. (© Getty)

According to the Irish Independent newspaper, a member of the Continuity IRA had been detailed to target the soldier, who is in his 20s and is from Limerick, and a firearm had been sourced for the task.

The terrorist group intended to kill the soldier as he attended a function in the city this week shortly before he was due to return to his army regiment.

It is believed a member of the group gathered information on the soldier after befriending him on social networking website Facebook.

The man has remained in the UK after being warned by Gardaí of the threat against him.

Police were also aware of a previous threat against him in August, but on that occasion the soldier did not return home.

A local continuity faction in Limerick along with other dissident terrorists based in Dublin are believed to be behind the terror plot.

It is alleged the murder was intended to boost the credibility of the head of the group in Limerick, after his involvement in drug trafficking and criminality damaged his reputation in the eyes of other senior dissident figures.

© UTV News
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Floating around space in Floating around space wrote (773 days ago):
To keep ur mouth shut really the man is doingg a job and ahould be left alone instead of hounded by mindless thugs who have nothing more in there lifes than causein trouble they should grow up and get a life
keep your mouth shut in bangor wrote (773 days ago):
why do people go on sites like this and tell strangers all about their lives?would you teel a stranger your bank account details, so why tell them anything?this guy is lucky that he did not end up in a coffin.
alan in uk wrote (774 days ago):
nasty scum bags
Ryan in Belfast wrote (774 days ago):
These dissidents have got to move with the times, all this nonsense has to stop, honestly its disgraceful to try to murder a man just because hes in the british army. Its time these groups turned away from violence in all its forms and resolved to PEACEFULLY campaign for a United Ireland.
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