12:53 GMT19 January 2021
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Irish police service, known as the Gardai, said the suspicious parcel recently found at a postal sorting office in Ireland's city of Limerick looked identical to four letter bombs sent by a group styling itself as the IRA to different locations in the United Kingdom earlier in March.

    "An Garda Síochána are currently investigating a parcel of interest identified at the Limerick An Post sorting office shortly after 6am this morning [06:00 GMT], 22 March 2019. This parcel appears to be identical to parcels (pending closer forensic and ballistic examination) discovered earlier this month in London and Glasgow," the police said in a press release.

    READ MORE: New IRA Is ‘Prime Suspect' Behind Explosive Devices Found in London — Reports

    The press release added that the Army Explosive Ordinance Disposal was currently working at the scene. The police continue to interact with the UK authorities in relation to the investigation.

    The police statement comes after last week, the UK police said the New Irish Republican Army (IRA), a breakaway group from the original IRA, which was linked to years of terrorism in Northern Ireland, claimed responsibility for sending five suspected explosive devices in packages to a number of homes across the United Kingdom. Only four out of five packages sent by the group have been recovered by the police so far.

    According to the RTE broadcaster, Irish Minister for Justice and Equality Charlie Flanagan said that the uncertainty over Brexit had resulted in rising tensions in Northern Ireland, which subsequently led to the letter bombs being sent.

    The issue of Northern Ireland remains a thorny one in Brexit talks. The main challenge for London is to avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland while, at the same time, securing the nation’s integrity.


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