Dissidents may target city to ‘disrupt wedding’

Dissident republicans are planning to target Derry or Belfast in a bid to disrupt this week’s royal wedding celebrations, it’s been reported.

The Daily Mirror - quoting “intelligence sources” - yesterday reported that dissidents are intent on sending out “their anti-British message” this Friday - the day Prince William and Kate Middleton marry in London.

According to the newspaper, MI5 has warned the British government that an attack is now “highly likely” on April 29.

The paper quotes a source as saying: “Recent intelligence points towards a terror attack occurring in Northern Ireland on the day of the royal wedding.

“This is a very real threat and described as being highly likely.”

Aim to kill

In recent weeks, the PSNI has warned that dissident republicans are planning to kill more police officers.

At the weekend, in an Easter message to republicans in Co. Derry, Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness warned that dissidents calling themselves the IRA were doing nothing for the future of peace in Ireland.

The Deputy First Minister said dissident republicans were living in a fool’s paradise if they thought they could re-unite Ireland by violence.

He said: “Irish people are united in support of the Good Friday, St Andrews and Hillsborough agreements - attempting to overturn the will of the Irish people is not only futile it is stupid and selfish.

“Ireland can now only be reunited by the further development and outworking of the power sharing and all-Ireland institutions which were endorsed by the Irish people in the referendum in 1998.

“No act of violence will advance the cause of reunification by one millimetre.

“It is patently not possible to advance towards Irish reunification by any means other than peaceful and democratic processes.”