IRA was behind UK army packages

Published Monday, 17 February 2014
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A group calling itself the IRA has said it was behind devices sent to armed forces recruitment centres last week, Scotland Yard has confirmed.

IRA was behind UK army packages
An Army office in Canterbury which received one of the suspect parcels. (© PA)

Suspect packages sent to Army offices in England are understood to have contained explosive black powder and to have been sent from the Republic of Ireland.

In a statement on Monday, Scotland Yard said: "We are aware of the claim of responsibility for the devices that were sent to Army recruitment centres in England last week.

"The claim was received on Saturday 15 February by a Northern Irish media outlet using a recognised codeword. The claim was allegedly made on behalf of the 'IRA'.

"The public is urged to remain vigilant and report anything suspicious to the Anti-Terrorist Hotline, 0800 789 321."

According to the Irish News, the group's admission also came with a warning that attacks "will continue when and where the IRA see fit".

Last week, senior police sources told UTV that the 'New IRA' sent the devices to the armed forces offices in Oxford, Reading, Chatham, Aldershot and Canterbury.

A total of seven parcels were mailed - four were intercepted on Thursday, in addition to three which were found earlier in the week.

A shopping centre in Slough also received one of the potentially explosive parcels.

A Number 10 spokeswoman described them as "crude", but said injuries could have been caused.

© UTV News
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29 Comments
Iain in Belfast wrote (254 days ago):
Ak, pretty much all of your posts are filled full of bile and hatred. Now please explain just what the uvf have to do with me? I can't wait for your explanation. So lets clear something up just so you can understand. I don't care for any paramilitary organisation and I don't give a damn what colour of flag is flown above city hall. If violence is at an end and we can all live in peace then I don't see a problem with a united Ireland. So please explain what exactly is YOUR problem? Oh and it is the same ak, more innocent people injured or dead. Funny how you then neglect to bring up those shot by your heroes in the last few months. Not the same is it?
jim in Ausralia wrote (254 days ago):
ouch Connor in Belfast and Dorothy in Kansas give it a rest with victimhood rubbish. Fact of the matter is the 'so called defenders of Ireland' gave us more victims than any one else during the troubles. FACT. Get over your bitterness and move on. Erin go bragh
AK in Ireland wrote (255 days ago):
Iain Funny didnt see you on here to bothered about the 6 people the UVF have shot in the last couple of months. Not the same is it?
AK in Ireland wrote (255 days ago):
Well said dorothy. Truth hurts !!
Dorothy in Kansas wrote (255 days ago):
What?! in Belfast... I wasn't around when Nationalists were being burned out of their houses in Belfast. Do you suppose that might have given traction to the IRA?
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