80-100 'active IRA dissident members'





Dissident republicans are believed to have about 80-100 active members, the BBC has learned.

A small hardcore are experienced terrorists, previously members of the Provisional IRA.

The majority are believed to be committed to the dissident cause but lack operational experience.

There are small but relatively strong elements in Londonderry, Tyrone, Fermanagh and north Armagh.

It is estimated there could be about 250-300 others willing to lend support and some assistance, while not wanting to become active terrorists.

PSNI Chief Constable Sir Hugh Orde has said the threat from dissident republicans remains high "in certain parts of Northern Ireland"...




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