Interesting line of enquiry originating from the An Phoblacht News Service is that the area in which the kidnap operation took place was “an area associated with unionist paramilitaries”. Interesting, and undoubtedly true – though Drumkeeragh Forest where the hostage’s wife was dropped, is isolated, it’s not exactly a strongly Unionist area. This one’s best put on the back burner pending more convincing corroborative evidence.
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