OFFICERS from the Paramilitary Crime Task Force (PCTF), investigating criminality linked to the INLA, have arrested three people and searched five properties in west Belfast this morning, Friday, November 26.
A suspected firearm located during the search of one property, has been taken away for examination.
The arrests have been made in relation to a paramilitary display during a parade in the Divis Area of west Belfast on 30th May this year.
The men who are 37, 42 and 46 years of age, have been arrested under Section 41 of the Terrorism Act.
They have been taken to the Serious Crime Suite at Musgrave Police Station for questioning.
Detective Chief Superintendent Ian Saunders said: “Our investigation into the paramilitary display in the Divis area and activities linked to the INLA are continuing.
“I would appeal to anyone in the community who has information or footage regarding the incident or any criminality in the area, to contact the police by calling 101.
“You can also submit a report online using the non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/
“Or you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at http://crimestoppers-uk.org/.”