An article in the Sunday Tribune claims that most of the membership of so-called South Derry Brigade of the PIRA have quit the organisation in protest at the policies of the leadership in particular on policing. This group of 25 men are said to be:
“…committed to the ‘tactical use of armed struggle’ and planned to carry out intermittent attacks on the security forces.”
A source for the article says the group have access to firearms and are intending to build linkages with other republican groups. A nail bomb was found in the area recently as well as a rise in sectarian attacks.