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Anger and dismay at armed group’s threat to kill drug dealers

THE community in Omagh has reacted with anger and dismay to a threat to kill drug dealers in the local area.

In a statement sent to the UH last week, the so far unnamed paramilitary group vowed to interrogate, knee cap and execute drug dealers.

Issued just over a week after the death of Omagh teenager Emma Doogan from a suspected drug overdose, the group placed six men from the local area under ‘immediate threat’.

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The letter was accompanied by an image of three masked men in military fatigues next to a table bearing guns and ammunition.

The threat has been condemned locally. Sinn Féin councillor and Strathroy resident Marty McColgan said the community would continue to work together with young people to highlight the dangers of drug abuse.

Mother-of-two Janet Rushe, who lives in Strathroy, said that if young people are targeted by the group, the community would react with fury.

“These young people need help, they need rehab,” she said.

Strabane based independent councillor Paul Gallagher is all too familiar with the type of threat issued in Omagh last week.

The north Tyrone town has seen a series of threats and attacks on alleged drug dealers by groups purporting to espouse republican ideals.

He said there are better alternatives.

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“What they are proposing to do hasn’t worked in 40 years and it’s not going to work for the next 40 years.”

Read further reactions in this week’s Ulster Herald.

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