Northern Ireland: Four appear in court after gun and pipe bomb seizures


Four men have been charged with various weapons and explosive offences after a pre-planned police operation targeting the East Belfast UVF on Friday night.

The operation involved searches of three residential properties and one business premises in the lower Newtownards Road area.

Officers recovered six handguns, assorted ammunition tied up in socks, two pipe bombs, two smoke bombs and a box with magnets that could be attached to the underside of a vehicle were found in a property.

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Source: BBC News