'RIRA pair' arrested in Portugal

'RIRA pair' arrested in Portugal
Gerard Couzens
10 July 2011
The Sunday Mirror

Two suspected IRA dissidents are among three men who have been arrested in the Algarve in Portugal.

Anti-terrorist officers detained the pair during raids on Friday and a Portuguese man was also held.

Ten guns and ammunition was found in one raid.

The suspected dissidents, aged 38 and 59, were yesterday in jail.

Police believe they led a support network for the Real IRA, which killed 29 people in Omagh in 1998.

None of the three detainees has been named. A Portuguese police spokesman said: "A complex investigation led to an operation in the south of the country during which three men were arrested.

"The three men, two foreigners and a Portuguese man, formed a criminal organisation dedicated amongst other things to international arms trafficking."

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