A terror threat has overshadowed the visit of US President Joe Biden to Northern Ireland next week after “strong” intelligence of plans to attack was discovered.
On Tuesday evening, Mr. Biden will arrive ahead of a day of commemorative events to mark the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Good Friday Agreement on April 10, 1998.
The peace agreement was a diplomatic success that resulted in power sharing in the province and largely ended 30 years of bloodshed. However, Stormont police are concerned that rebel Republicans might carry out attacks the previous day.
The head of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) stated that the organization had “strong” information regarding plans to carry out terrorist attacks against officers in Londonderry on Easter Monday.
Bobby Singleton, Assistant Chief Constable of the PSNI, stated on Thursday that the organization had received “strong” information suggesting that dissidents intend to carry out terrorist attacks against officers during the bank holiday weekend.
It comes after MI5 recently elevated the level of terrorism threat in Northern Ireland to severe, indicating that an attack is extremely likely.
This occurred following John Caldwell’s gun attack in Co. Tyrone, which resulted in life-altering injuries for the senior detective. Police have faulted the New IRA for the assault.
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