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DUP Mid Ulster MLA Keith Buchanan has welcomed the successful police operation against the New IRA which has led to illegal firearms being seized in Cookstown.

Mr Buchanan said,

“This hugely successful operation by the police has safeguarded lives and depleted the New IRA’s ability to inflict further suffering on the people of Northern Ireland.

Whilst the vast majority of Mid Ulster want to be able to move ahead and live peaceably with their neighbour, it is regrettable that there are people still intent on causing death and heartbreak through the bullet and bomb. Mid Ulster rejects terrorism in all its forms.

We fully support the police in removing these firearms and warped people behind them off our streets.”