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Police in Antrim find rocket launcher and 'terrorist related' tools

Officers also found a replica pistol, a baseball bat and a hammer.

Budore Road Improvised Grenade Launcher Source: PSNI

POLICE IN NORTHERN Ireland are appealing for information following the discovery of a rocket launcher and other ‘terrorist related’ objects in the Dundrod area of Antrim.

Officers were made aware of a suspicious object on Bundore Road at around 5.30pm on Sunday.

A number of roads were closed overnight to ensure public safety while enquiries were carried out and ammunition technical officers were tasked to the scene to remove the objects for examination.

“Our investigation is at an early stage however we now believe that the improvised rocket launcher has been in the Budore Road area for between 3-4 weeks. We have also established the launcher was viable which demonstrates that whoever left it there had no regard for who might come across it,” commented Detective Inspector David Lowans.

Source: PSNI

During further searches on Monday, officers found a bag in a ditch less than 40 metres away from the rocket launcher which contained a replica pistol, baseball bat, hammer and gloves. While I am not able to link the finds at this stage they both bear all the hallmarks of dissident Republicans and this is a strong line of enquiry.

Officers are carrying out further searches following information from members of the public.

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