Irish paramilitary group to renounce violence

Members of the INLA march in Derry

The Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) has announced that it will pursue exclusively peaceful means for achieving its political goals.

The Irish republican paramilitary group, which is responsible for dozens of murders during Northern Ireland’s Troubles, will decommission its weapons within months.

The INLA has been on ceasefire since 1998, but members have carried out several shootings since then.

The relatively small group, which was established in 1975, murdered Northern Ireland spokesman Airey Neave in 1979 after planting a bomb under his car at Westminster.

The group also killed 17 people in 1982 in the infamous bombing at Droppin’ Well Pub in Ballykelly, County Derry, and murdered loyalist leader Billy Wright at the Maze prison.

Many of the members of the INLA were formerly a part of the Official IRA. The organization is mainly involved with organized crime, such as extortion and robbery, in Ireland.