A tense stand-off between a Newry based ISIS group and Police is currently underway at the Post Office based within Savages shop on Monaghan Street.

Police sources have confirmed that there is currently a hostage situation happening within the shop and have called for motorists and shoppers to stay away from the Monaghan Street district.

Speaking to the Newry Spud a PSNI Spokeswoman said:

“Currently we are dealing with an Islamic State cell that we believe come from the Derrybeg Estate in Newry.  We are in negotiations at present with their leader who is known only as ‘Jihadi Paddy’.”

We also spoke to Newry Muslim leaders and Clerics who have also confirmed that they are aware of ‘Jihadi Paddy’ and his cell of Islamic fighters in the Derrybeg area but are calling on the men to step down and release all prisoners within Savages shop immediately.