Ulster police find arms cache

2011-04-06 22:13

Belfast - Northern Ireland police investigating the killing of an officer say they have seized a major weapons cache and arrested a suspected IRA dissident.

Police spokesperson Drew Harris said the discovery in Coalisland, west of Northern Ireland's capital Belfast, was the biggest discovery of paramilitary weapons in the country for several years.

He said on Wednesday that the weaponry had been hidden in several stolen cars in a locked-up garage.

The police seized plastic explosives, detonators, parts for armour-piercing rockets and four Kalashnikov assault rifles with ammunition.

Harris also announced that the police had arrested a 26-year-old man on suspicion of involvement in the arms dump.

The breakthrough was linked to the investigation into Saturday's dissident IRA killing of Constable Ronan Kerr.