7 charged in N Ireland for 'terrorist offences'
17 November 2014, 12:23
London - Seven men have been charged with "terrorist offences" in Northern Ireland and were due in court on Monday, the police said following an investigation into militants opposed to peace.
"The arrest and charging of these individuals with what are very serious terrorist offences clearly demonstrates our commitment to investigate all those involved in terrorism," said Kevin Geddes, a senior officer from Northern Ireland's Serious Crime Branch.
All seven have been charged with membership of a banned organisation, while six of them face charges of conspiracy to possess explosives, firearms and ammunition and preparation for attacks.
The men are aged between 30 and 75, the police said.
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More than 3 500 people were killed in the three decades of sectarian bombings and shootings in Northern Ireland known as "The Troubles" before an historic peace agreement in 1998.
The Good Friday peace accords largely ended the violence and paved the way for a devolved power-sharing government, although dissident republican groups opposed to peace are still active.