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Any border checks between Northern Ireland and the Republic after Brexit will be legitimate targets for attack, the IRA claimed yesterday.
The Republican terrorists warned they would take 'armed actions' against border infrastructure and anyone manning it.
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A masked spokesman for the New IRA told Channel 4 News: 'We are the IRA, as reconstituted in 2012. There is only one such organisation. I have been mandated by the Army Council of the IRA to speak on its behalf.'
He was speaking on behalf of what has become the most violent and active Republican dissident group in Northern Ireland.
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The New IRA have been responsible for a number of attacks in recent months, including a car bomb detonated at the courthouse in Londonderry and the shooting of journalist Lyra McKee during a riot.
He was interviewed on condition the his identity would be disguised and his voice would not be recorded.
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Asked about the possibility of Brexit creating a 'hard' border with new infrastructure such as checkpoints either on the frontier or anywhere in Ireland north or south, the New IRA said: 'First of all there is no such thing as an Irish border. It's a British border. Since its formation, since its inception the purpose of the IRA has been to take action against all such infrastructure of British occupation.'
Asked to spell that out, he continued: 'The IRA is an army. And as an army we are committed to armed struggle for political and social change in Ireland.
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'Bearing in mind any installation or aspects of British occupation within the Six Counties - be it at the border or elsewhere - any infrastructure would be a legitimate target for attack and armed actions against those infrastructures and against the people who are manning them.'
Pressed about it, he said: 'It's important to understand that this is a country...
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