WITH THE NEW IRA THREATENING TO STRIKE, WE LOOK AT
A TROOP of heavily-armed, enraged warriors can be a truly TERRIFYING sight.
But when those soldiers belong to a vicious paramilitary unit that doesn’t answer to any government, the prospect of facing them becomes even more BLOOD-CURDLING!
In Northern Ireland, there has been a resurgence in hardline republicanism recently, with hundreds signing up to join the New IRA, a coalition created out of the Real IRA and other terrorist groups.
And following a wave of violence, British sources now fear the latest band of republican dissidents is planning a major terrorist attack ahead of the G8 summit in Enniskillen in June.
They are concerned the paramilitary unit will strike when a number of the world’s most high-profile leaders – including Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama – are in Northern Ireland.
To make matters worse, violence inflicted by pro-British paramilitaries in Northern Ireland since early December has been some of the worst seen in the province since 1998.
Raging at the decision to restrict the flying of the British flag over Belfast City Hall, belligerent loyalists have battled police in the streets, firing gunshots and throwing petrol bombs.
Commenting on paramilitary groups, Gordon Stratton, an expert on international terror, said: “These people think nothing of mass murder, torture and destruction.
“They don’t see victims – they only see targets.”
As police in Northern Ireland struggle to combat the terror threats, Midweek Sport takes a look at the world’s most dangerous paramilitaries and why they should be feared.