Army technical officers at scene of suspect object at Barnfield Road in Lisburn

Army technical officers at scene of suspect object at Barnfield Road in Lisburn

TWO dissident republican suspects remain in custody after police foiled a terror attack on the security forces.

Police investigating dissident terrorist activity uncovered a suspicious object in Lisburn, following a spate of arrests.

Five men and a woman were arrested fuelling speculation within dissident republican ranks that one of those detained is an informant who tipped off police about a possible terror attack.

A security alert was sparked in the Barnfield Road area of the city on Friday.

Police called in Army technical officers who carried out a clearance operation which ended shortly after 6pm on Friday night.

Earlier, two men, whose identities are known to Belfast Daily, were arrested by detectives from the PSNI’s Serious Crime Branch in the area overnight.

They are currently being held in the Antrim Serious Crime Suite for questioning.

Three men arrested in west Belfast and a woman who was detained in Dunmurry, as part of a major investigation into dissident republican activity, have been released without charge.

Dissident republicans are said to be “highly suspicious” about the large number of arrests.

Leadership of dissident republicans 'highly suspicious' over arrests

Leadership of dissident republicans ‘highly suspicious’ over arrests

“The feeling is that the large number of arrests was designed to protect an informant,” said a dissident source.

“The consensus is that one of the three men a woman released is working for the police.

“We have seen this tactic from the police before. They bring a whole load of people in to keep the heat off their informant.

“Let’s just say the leadership are highly suspicious of what has gone on over the past couple of days,” added the source.



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