Dissident republican Oglaigh na h’Eireann group claims responsibility

Police investigating claims that an explosive device have been left in the rural Drumsurn area near Dungiven have closed a number of roads in the vicinity, including the Legavallon Road (pictured).
Police investigating claims that an explosive device have been left in the rural Drumsurn area near Dungiven have closed a number of roads in the vicinity, including the Legavallon Road (pictured).

The republican group known as Oglaigh na h’Eireann have claimed responsibility for a number of recent mortar attacks and an ongoing security alert in the Drumsurn area of Limavady.

A statement submitted to the “Derry Journal” today (Friday), from the North Derry and Derry Brigade of Oglaigh na h’Eireann, claimed responsibility for recent events, before issuing a number of threats against those described as “criminal elements.”

The statement also claimed responsibility for a mortar attack and a gun attack in Currynierin and a mortar attack in Strabane.

The group also claimed that an improvised explosive device (IED), which had been left in the Drumsurn area of Limavady five weeks ago, has been ignored by the ‘RUC/PSNI until recently, despite previous warnings.

The group also expressed ‘grave concerns’ about ‘criminal elements within republican organisations’ using the name Oglaigh na h’Eireann to ‘extort money.’

“Having ordered individuals out of the city over recent months we remain the only organisation that does not encourage drug dealers by taking money in exchange for safety,” the statement said.

“Taxing drug dealers does not help our community. It turns a £100 drug dealer into a £10,000 dealer and this will not be tolerated,” continued the statement.

The group claimed that while its primary objective was taking action against the British occupation, it would continue to protect the local community from drug dealers and criminal elements no matter what these “false republicans” are getting paid for your safety.

Oglaigh na h’Eireann also warned those individuals using its name to extort money and commit robberies, to cease or they will be dealt with.

The group also warned that they will ‘deal with’ people who have rented property from republican families turning such into ‘drugs den’.