Weapon may be linked
Date: 16 April 2009
FORENSIC tests have confirmed that a
gun retrieved by police is the one that killed Constable Stephen Carroll
last month, according to reports.
And there appears to be a link to a
batch of weapons supplied by Libyan dictator Colonel Gaddafi, unofficial
sources have claimed.
The AKM assault rifle, which was
fitted with a telescopic sight, was recovered in searches carried out by
the police after the March 9 killing.
Security sources believe it was one
of the weapons brought in from Libya, with the help of Colonel Gaddafi, by
the IRA two decades ago.
Two other weapons found in searches
at the time were legally held weapons stolen by thieves from homes in
Northern Ireland and have no connection with the Carroll murder or
dissident republican activity, sources say.
An air rifle and shotgun were found
wrapped in layers of plastic in a hide on a riverbank near Lismore Manor
where Constable Carroll was murdered.
Police sources have said they
believe they were being offered for sale to a criminal gang before they
It has been estimated that 150 tons
of explosives, grenades, missiles and rifles had been supplied to the IRA
by the Libyan leader before a shipment on the Eksund was seized in October
A Real IRA leader is believed to
have plundered one major IRA store in 1997 stealing Semtex explosives and
hundreds of rifles before he split with the Provos over the peace
Continuity IRA terrorists are also
believed to have raided similar arms dumps before they split from the
Police sources have said the weapon
that killed Constable Carroll has been positively traced to one of the
batches of weapons supplied by Libya and the factory where it was
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