Fears grows over what dissident merger means for Strabane

FEARS are growing that a newly merged paramilitary organisation could be about to use Strabane as the first location to try and stamp its authority.

Three armed dissident groups have announced that they have united to form a new organisation, styling itself the Irish Republican Army.

Republican Action Against Drugs, the Real IRA and the group behind the killing of PSNI officer Ronan Kerr formally joined forces last month.

In a statement, the new group said the three organisations “have come together within a united structure under a single leadership subservient to the constitution of the Irish Republican Army”.

While the new self-styled IRA has yet to rear its head in any paramilitary capacity, a source has told this newspaper that fears are rife that Strabane could be targeted as the group tries to make its mark.



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