Commenting on an incident involving dissident republican terrorists near Newtownbutler in Co Fermanagh, DUP Leader Rt Hon Arlene Foster MLA said,
"Wattlebridge is only a short distance from where I grew up. There has always been a small band of extreme republicans in that area who mindlessly cling to the days of bombing and shooting.
This latest incident where republicans claimed they left a device in the area and then shot at a civilian helicopter is crazy. Regardless of the debate about whether they did or did not target a helicopter, no-one in their right mind would even think about shooting down a helicopter, particularly over a populated area.
Families quietly going about their business and then a helicopter lands on their house, shot down for what reason?
Ultimately of course, this helicopter was a civilian craft which just happened to be in the area.
There have been few incidents which have more acutely highlighted the utter stupidity and recklessness of these republican terrorists than this.
I condemn their actions and urge the community in and around Newtownbutler, on both sides of the border, to go to the police if they have information. It is time to remove these crazed political ideologues.
It is time for them to back off and leave our communities alone."