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Murder Plot Foiled? 6 Suspected Terrorists Arrested Ahead Of Prince Charles & Camilla's Visit To Ireland

Prince Charles Assassination Plot

May. 14 2015, Published 10:43 a.m. ET

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Six men were arrested in Ireland on terrorism and explosive charges Wednesday, just ahead of a highly-anticipated visit from Prince Charles and Camilla.

The six suspects -- linked to militant cells dubbed the Continuity and the Real IRA -- were taken into custody in connection with suspicion of directing terrorism, membership of an unlawful organization and possession of explosives, according to An Garda Siochana, Ireland's national law enforcement agency.

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An Garda Siochana said that authorities scoured 20 separate locations Wednesday linked to extremist republican dissident groups, and found guns and materials used to make bombs, only a few miles away from a location the royals will stop by.

An insider told the U.K. Daily Mirror  that law enforcement "have been monitoring a number of people over the past few months," and cracked down ahead of the royal visit.

The uptick in security comes with a historical footnote to it, as Prince Charles and Camilla -- who will visit Ireland from May 19 to 21 -- are slated to stop by Mullaghmore, the town where the prince's great-uncle Lord Louis Mountbatten was killed via a bombing attack from the IRA in 1979.

Irish republican groups have a historically been against England's royal family, promoting local officials to ramp up security as a result.

"Nothing is being left to chance," the insider told the paper.

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