New dissident republican group admits to Ronan Kerr murder

A new dissident republican group made up of former members of the IRA has admitted responsibility for the murder of Ronan Kerr this month.

A new dissident republican group made up of former members of the IRA has admitted responsibility for the murder of Ronan Kerr this month.

Young PSNI officer Kerr died when a bomb exploded under his car in the town of Omagh, as he left to go to work on April 2.

A report in today's Belfast Telegraph newspaper says a newly formed group made up of former members of the IRA have claimed responsibility for the attack.

The newspaper said it had seen a statement from the group in which it threatened a campaign of violence to try to end what it "British occupation".

Members of the group are described as experienced militants. They claim that the peace process has failed and that they have taken over the mantle of the IRA.

According to the statement given to the Belfast Telegraph, the group calls itself the IRA and it does not regard its members as dissidents.

Earlier, police investigating the murder of Constable Kerr charged a man with terrorism offences. He will appear at Dungannon Magistrates’ Court, Tyrone, tomorrow.

The man, 33, is accused of possession of firearms and explosives with the intent to endanger life and possession of articles likely to be of use in terrorism.

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