A Royal Marine has pleaded guilty, and admitted to hoarding explosives and making bombs in preparation for a terror attacks since January 2011 to August 2016.
A 31-year-old Royal Marine, Ciaran Maxwell of Exminster, Devon, has pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey, admitting to hoarding explosives and making bombs in preparation for terrorist acts between January 2011 and August 2016.
The terrorist admitted to making bombs and stashing them in “purpose-built” hides in England and Northern Ireland.
He also reportedly compiled a “library of terrorism documents,” including instructions on how to make a bomb and previous strategies that were used by terrorist organizations.
He also documented maps, plans and lists of potential targets for the attacks. He also had images of a fake Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) pass card an a PSNI uniform.
Maxwell was also charged for possessing cannabis with an intent to deal, and also images of bank cards for fraud.
He pleaded guilty to all the charges to Mr. Justice Sweeney at the Old Baily through a video link from Woodhill Jail.
Assistant Chief Constable Stephen Martin, of PSNI, said: “Working together, we have disrupted the activity of a dangerous individual and removed a very significant threat.”
Maxwell is suspected to have links to dissident republicanism. According to the Press Associaton, a source told them: “He’s clearly linked to someone who had clear links with dissident republican activity.”
In Ireland, there exist a small number of extremists that intend on bringing a “united Ireland” through violent means. However, these remain small in both number and capacity in comparison to the republican paramilitary organizations of the Troubles.
Dissidents have so committed several terrorist attacks in Northern Ireland since 2009, killing two soldiers, two policemen and two prison officers.