IRA Tried to Abduct Dissident, Police Say
The Irish Republican Army tried to abduct a key IRA dissident from a Belfast bar, Northern Ireland’s police chief said, reviving debate over whether the outlawed group would ever renounce violence and disband.
Leaders of moderate Catholic and Protestant parties demanded new peace commitments from the IRA after Chief Constable Hugh Orde revealed Friday’s abduction attempt.
Police responding to a phone call from the pub prevented the kidnappers from escaping by ramming their van. In the vehicle, they found four IRA suspects, who were arrested, and IRA dissident Bobby Tohill, who was slightly injured.