Hostage robbery investigation continues

An update to a previously noted report – the rapid attribution, ahead of the St Andrews discussions, of an armed hostage-taking and robbery in Strabane to “dissident republicans” by the police. Earlier today a number of locations in west Belfast, and Strabane, were searched and ammunition was seized along with a vehicle.. the two individuals arrested have subsequently been released pending further inquiries. Try to keep any specific speculation to a minimum.