DETECTIVES from the PSNI’s Terrorist Investigation Unit (TIU) have arrested a number of people as part of a probe into Monday’s dissident republican commemoration parade in Derry
Up to seven petrol bombs were hurled at police land rovers watching over the parade in the Creggan district on Monday afternoon.
PSNI officers from the Tactical Support Group carried out the searches at the request of the TIU this morning.
Those arrested were detained under section 41 of the Terrorism Act and taken to the serious crime custody suite for questioning.
The PSNI mounted the search and arrest operation this morning in the city which locals believe are linked to petrol bomb attacks on police during a dissident republican parade on Easter Monday in the Creggan.
The raids are being centred around Junior McDaid House in Chamberlain Street.
Locals reported that the street has been blocked off by police who are not letting anyone in while he searches are being carried out.
Junior McDaid House say on its Facebook page: “Junior McDaid house is currently getting raided by RUC and the page has been shut down also.’
The premises is home to the Irish Repubblican Prisoners Welfare Association and Saoradh, the political wing of the ‘New IRA’.
Saoradh have since said in a statement: “Junior McDaid House in Derry is being raided by the Crown Forces.
“Several activists have been lifted and in the coordinated attack Facebook has removed the Junior McDaid Page.”