Police and security forces in Northern Ireland have issued a stark warning about a new and potentially more deadly terrorist threat, as fears of a fresh campaign of paramilitary violence grow in the wake of the shooting dead of a prison officer near Portadown last week.
Intelligence sources believe that the new group, known as the Antimatter IRA, has the capability to cause more damage than the Real IRA, Continuity IRA, Provisional IRA and Official IRA combined.
The group is reported to have seized control of an interdimensional portal known as the Arc of Infinity and is believed to be intent on sending through objects from their universe to cause an antimatter/matter collision explosion at selected British military targets.
"This group is totally misguided", said Assistant Chief Constable Drew Harris. "Not only in their politics, but also in their understanding of multi-dimensional quantum physics. Matter and anti-matter cannot co-exist in our universe. If antimatter enters any part of our universe, even North Belfast, then it could instantly cause an explosion which could destroy at least our entire galaxy, not just Antrim Road police station."
Despite these concerns about the destructive potential of this new group, police have reported that their efforts to counter the group's activities have been hampered by a lack of an extradition treaty with the universe of antimatter and a recent pay freeze.
However, Justice Minister David Ford has vowed to introduce emergency legislation to deal with the new threat. "I will do all I can to stop this, once I understand what's going on", he said. "It's bad enough that these other terrorist groups are living in the past, but we definitely cannot tolerate ones living in a whole other dimension."