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Dissident republicans target British Army cadets

Dissident republicans target British Army cadets

Members of the Cadet Force Adult Volunteers in Northern Ireland have been warned to stay out of counties Louth, Monaghan and Donegal amid fears that dissident republicans are planning an attack.

A text obtained by the Irish Sun was sent out to members of the CFAV warning them of an imminent threat from the ‘New’ IRA.

The nessage was sent on the foot of new intelligence from MI5 who report that the dissidents have developed a new under-car booby trap.

The message reads:

Highly urgent, To all CFAVs. Imminent threat of an Under Vehicle Improvised Explosive Device province-wide. All personnel must check their vehicles immediately. Vehicles must be checked every time prior to use.

A source told the Sun: “This is an extremely worrying development and the message shows how serious the authorities are taking it.

 “You just have to look to the Omagh bomb to see how easy it is for the bombers to target innocent people. They have already targeted innocent people this year and will continue to do it.

“The dissident capability has increased in recent months and it’s worrying to think children could be targeted with under-car bombs.

“The terrorists are strong along the border and would think nothing of targeting a young cadet’s family.

The CFAV is made up of adult volunteers who train cadets aged between 12 and 18.