British police have charged four men and one woman with
terrorism offences and conspiracy to murder, following a
joint operation between forces in Scotland and Northern
The suspects, who have not been named, were arrested on
October 23 at several locations in Scotland in what was
described as an investigation into the activities of people
"sympathetic to dissident Republicanism but who are not
affiliated to any specific group".
The Irish Republican Army abandoned its armed struggle for an
end to British control of Northern Ireland and unification
with Ireland in 1998.
But some remnants do not agree with the peace and
power-sharing deal between pro-Republic Catholics and
pro-Britain Protestants that has put an end to the worst of
decades of violence.
During Northern Ireland's sectarian conflict that began in
the late 1960s, more than 3,600 people died, including more
than 1,000 members of the British security forces.
The four men arrested, aged 26, 30, 34 and 39, and the one
woman, aged 27, were due to appear at Glasgow Sheriff Court
later today, ITV News reported.