Hard Ire­land bor­der could be ter­ror tar­get

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SE­NIOR po­lice of­fi­cers in North­ern Ire­land have warned MPs that a hard post-Brexit bor­der would be an ob­vi­ous area of at­tack by dis­si­dent repub­li­can ter­ror­ists.

Giv­ing ev­i­dence to the House of Com­mons Brexit Com­mit­tee in Co Ar­magh, the PSNI’s Deputy Chief Con­sta­ble Drew Har­ris said any in­fra­struc­ture along the bor­der would give ter­ror groups “a fur­ther ral­ly­ing call to drive their re­cruit­ment.”

“They have a fo­cus on this. They see it as an op­por­tu­nity.

“In­fra­struc­ture on the bor­der would be an ob­vi­ous point for dis­si­dent groups to rally around and at­tack,” Mr Har­ris added.

He said the threat from dis­si­dent repub­li­cans re­mains se­vere and that there were four at­tempts on the lives of po­lice of­fi­cers over the past year. There were also 58 shoot­ing and over 32 bomb­ing in­ci­dents.

The Deputy Chief Con­sta­ble out­lined a num­ber of shared Euro­pean ini­tia­tives which have helped in the fight against crimes in­clud­ing hu­man traf­fick­ing and drug smug­gling. He told the com­mit­tee he would be con­cerned if the shared sys­tems were lost.

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