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Explosives discovered in 'terrorist hide' in Northern Ireland

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Explosive parts have been found in a "terrorist hide" in Northern Ireland, police said.

The discovery at Capanagh Forest near Larne, Co Antrim, comes two months after bomb-making items were found at nearby Carnfunnock Country Park.

Detectives are investigating whether the finds are linked.

Police said the items, which have been taken away for examination, were discovered by two members of the public on Saturday.

This investigation is at a very early stage and we are working to establish whether this find is linked to a terrorist hide that was discovered at Carnfunnock country park near Larne in March 2016.

I would ask the public to remain vigilant wherever they are and whatever they are doing.

If you see any suspicious activity, or have seen anything unusual in this area, please contact police so that we can act on the given information.

– Detective Inspector Adrian Brown


Man shot in the ankles in spate of shootings

A man has been shot in the ankles in the most recent of a spate of shootings in Northern Ireland.

The shooting took place in the Ballymagroarty area of Londonderry in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The man was hospitalised but police have not named or given the age of the victim.

This latest incident is one of a number of shootings in Northern Ireland in recent days.

A takeaway delivery driver was murdered in Belfast on Monday night - the fourth gun attack in the city in four days.

Police have appealed for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward.


Five people in hospital with carbon monoxide poisoning

The incident took place at a property in Newcastle in County Down. Credit: Google Maps

Five people, including two paramedics, have been taken to hospital suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning.

The emergency service personnel were responding to an incident at the property in County Down on Friday evening, when they developed the symptoms, Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) said.

The paramedics, with the help of the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service, treated themselves and three others with oxygen while four additional ambulances were sent to the scene.

All those affected were taken to an emergency department where they were due to be checked for levels of contamination and receive further treatment.

Man shot dead in Belfast in 'paramilitary-style' attack

Father-of-four Michael McGibbon was killed in an alley in the Ardoyne area of Belfast. Credit: UTV

A man has been shot dead in Belfast in what is believed to be a 'paramilitary-style' attack.

Father-of-four Michael McGibbon, 33, was shot several times in an alleyway on Friday night in the nationalist republican Ardoyne area.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said Mr McGibbon reported to them that two men had called at his house in the Crumlin Road on Thursday night and demanded he come out to meet them which he refused to do.

At this moment in time we are still making inquiries and it is very early in our investigation as to what exactly has been said and if any paramilitary organisation is involved.

I would say this has all the hallmarks of a paramilitary organisation and that is our main line of inquiry we are following at this stage.

– Detective Superintendent John McVea
The PSNI said two men called at the victim's house the night before he was killed. Credit: UTV

Mr McGibbon was shot three times in the leg in an alleyway at Butler Place shortly after 10pm on Friday, the PSNI said.

Police said his wife tried to save him before he was taken to the city's Royal Victoria Hospital where he later died after undergoing surgery.

Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers said: "This callous and shocking murder appears to have the hallmarks of the paramilitary-style assaults which too often ruin lives and scar Northern Ireland. My sympathy is with Mr McGibbon's young family."

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