THE Continuity IRA
last night denied its members carried out the bloody Regency Hotel shooting.
In a statement to the BBC in Belfast, the Continuity IRA
said they ordered the killing of David Byrne using a six-man gang, some armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles and dressed in Swat team uniforms, at the Regency Hotel.
Police also believe there are nearly as many as 30 distinct groupings operating across Northern Ireland, some claiming to be the Real IRA, some Continuity IRA
, some from Oglaigh na hEireann, with other groups claiming no affiliation at all.
BELFAST -- Thousands gathered in Northern Ireland on March 11 for peace vigils to protest the shooting of a policeman and two soldiers by members of the Continuity IRA
The dissident republican group Continuity IRA
claimed responsibility for the killing in Craigavon, Co Armagh.
He was before Lisburn Magistrates' Court also charged with membership of a proscribed organisation, the dissident republican Continuity IRA
, possession of a firearm with intent and collecting information likely to be of use to terrorists.
The 17-year-old youth, who is also charged with membership of the illegal Continuity IRA
, will appear at Lisburn Magistrates' Court today.
The recent security for cemurders were carried out by the Continuity IRA
and the Real IRA dissident republican groups, who oppose the peace process.
The Continuity IRA
have admitted responsibility for the killing.
Constable Stephen Carroll was shot dead by the Continuity IRA
in Craigavon, Co Armagh, on Monday night and soldiers Mark Quinsey, 23, and Patrick Azimkar, 21, were shot by the Real IRA at Massereene Army barracks, Antrim on Saturday night.
The Continuity IRA
said it planted the incendiary-style device, which was driven near to York Road police station last night.
THREE men were arrested in Britain yesterday as part of an operation into the Continuity IRA
and criminal activity in Ireland, Irish police said.