SITUATION REPORT: EASTER RISING IN NORTHERN IRELAND

Security has been heightened in Belfast and throughout Northern Ireland, ahead of the centenary of the Easter Rising rebellion in 1916 (24 to 29 April); the uprising is traditionally commemorated by Republican dissident groups and their supporters on Easter weekend, which will take place from 25 to 28 March in 2016.union flag

A recent spike in low-level terrorist incidents has prompted local police to warn of a high threat of terrorist incidents in the run up to the centenary. Indeed, police and army units from the UK and Ireland have reportedly foiled at least four bomb plots since 1 March in Northern Ireland. In at least one instance, on 4 March, a terrorist plot successfully targeted a police vehicle in east Belfast; one police officer was wounded in the bomb blast.

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