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Sinn Féin member told of Death Threat

21 October, 2004

Sinn Féin Assembly member for Upper Bann John O'Dowd has said that he is very concerned after a party member in Portadown was visited by the PSNI and informed that an attempt was to be made by on his life.

Mr O'Dowd said;

"This man is a member of Sinn Féin in Portadown. He was visited at his home by the PSNI and informed that an operation was underway by a group who they refused to name to procure weapons and use them to kill him.

"The information given to the man by the PSNI was incomplete and has left many unanswered questions. Given the situation within loyalism we can only presume that this death threat and murder plot is emanating from one of the unionist paramilitary gangs.

" Over the past number of months there has been a fairly sustained unionist campaign against Sinn Féin members, particularly in areas like North Antrim. This information is suggesting that this campaign is now going to focus on republicans in other areas. I would urge republicans to remain vigilant in the face of these threats." ENDS

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