The Irish Republican terror group the Real IRA told a British newspaper that it may target banks and bankers in the U.K.

The group's leaders told the Guardian newspaper that it wants to target bankers for "financing Britain's colonial and capitalist system" and referred to bankers as criminals for their role in the financial crisis. Still, hard-line Republican groups like the Real IRA and Continuity IRA have kept up a steady drumbeat of attacks in Northern Ireland over the past year or so. That included the murder of two British soldiers last year.

One person at a London financial institution said the threat to banks isn't new. The bank's security consultants have been tracking the possibility of a Real IRA attack on banks and bankers for about a year and a half. Banks have been monitoring the IRA based on unspecified intelligence that the group could be preparing to target London financial institutions.

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