Russian Weapons Seized from Terrorists in Ireland

( – Rioting broke out in Northern Ireland in early September, and police moved in to seize suspected terrorist weapons caches. They came out with a deadly haul of guns, ammunition, and explosives. The terrorist arsenal included two Russian grenades believed to have come from the war in Ukraine.

On September 7 and 8, officers from the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) carried out searches of suspected terrorist weapons caches in the Creggan and Rosemount areas of Londonderry. Despite being attacked by local teenagers, they managed to recover two caches, which contained a Czech-made Skorpion machine pistol, two handguns, six improvised explosive devices, ammunition, plastic explosives, blasting caps — and two Russian-made hand grenades.

Two men and a woman, including father and daughter Gerard and Shannon Kelly, were arrested. The PSNI believe the weapons belonged to the New IRA, a small but active far-left terrorist group linked to the socialist Saoradh party.

We spoke to a PSNI source, who confirmed that the grenades are a new model used by the Russian army. Investigators believe the grenades were stolen from the ongoing war in Ukraine, where both sides use Soviet-era weapons and the Ukrainian defenders also have access to captured Russian munitions. Suspicion is aimed at volunteers who traveled to Ukraine to fight, then left when things got too dangerous; the PSNI says weapons from the war are beginning to show up regularly in Northern Ireland.

Although 16 PSNI officers were injured in the rioting that followed the searches, it could be a major success. Sources linked to the New IRA say the gang’s Londonderry group has been “crippled” by the arrests and seizures, and its leader has launched a hunt for an informer.

However, a source said, “There are that many informants in the New IRA here, they end up having one tout investigating another.” Unfortunately, as long as the war in Ukraine continues, returning volunteers and mercenaries will keep bringing back weapons that could find their way into terrorist hands — in Northern Ireland or somewhere else.

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