Recovery of firearm and explosives

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Gardai yesterday recovered a firearm (subject to technical examination) and suspected component parts for explosives in Co. Leitrim yesterday.

Gardai yesterday recovered a firearm (subject to technical examination) and suspected component parts for explosives in Co. Leitrim yesterday.

At approximately 11.45am yesterday morning gardai on traffic enforcement duties stopped a car at Glenfarne on the N16 (Sligo to Blacklion Rd). On searching the vehicle they discovered a pistol (subject to technical examination) and suspected component parts for explosives.

Two males in their 20’s were arrested at the scene and detained under the provisions of Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act at Manorhamilton Garda Station.

The scene was preserved and the assistance of the Army EOD was requested. Local diversions were put in place and two viable improvised explosive devices were made safe.

Two other bomb disposal teams were also deployed yesterday, one in Dromiskin, Co Louth where component parts were made safe at the scene and the explosive material was destroyed by controlled explosion.

In Co Wexford, a bomb disposal team made safe component parts of explosive device making equipment in Courtown.

Yesterday’s operation comes ahead of the next week’s visit to the region of the Prince of Wales and his wife.