IRA faction ‘disbands’ Derry group

The breakaway republican armed group using the title ‘Oglaigh na h-Eireann’ (ONH) has said it has ‘disbanded and disarmed’ a recently formed Derry group claiming to be involved in anti-drug activities.

The organisation said a group known as Community Action Against Drugs (CAAD) was a “criminal front masquerading as republicans.”

They said they had disbanded the group with the assistance of “other non aligned republicans”.

ONH also made a series of allegations against CAAD, claiming they had been involved in robbery, extortion and in blackmailing drug addicts.

ONH insist the activities of the group had nothing to do with republicanism but were rather “a front for a gang of criminals”.

They added that there was a suspicion that members of this group were, in fact, working for British intelligence.

Calling on any other criminal gangs to cease what they termed as ‘their nefarious activities’, Oglaigh Na h-Eireann warned that they would take action against people who preyed on what they described as ‘an already beleaguered community.’

Oglaigh na h-Eireann is a recently formed organisation believed to have a presence in Belfast and South Armagh but have only recently appeared in Derry City.

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