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'Explosive' device is thrown at home of former Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams, police confirm 


Gerry Adams, former leader of the Sinn Fein political party, has been targeted in an attack

Gerry Adams, former leader of the Sinn Fein political party, has been targeted in an attack

The homes of prominent Sinn Fein members Gerry Adams and Bobby Storey have been attacked with explosive devices, the party said.

The republican party condemned the ‘reprehensible and cowardly’ attacks in Belfast on Friday night – with former leader Mr Adams saying no-one was hurt.

Gerry Kelly, Sinn Fein’s Policing and Justice spokesman, said two devices were thrown, one of which caused damage to a car.

Mr Kelly, the north Belfast MLA, said: ‘These were reprehensible and cowardly attacks on the family homes of Gerry Adams and Bobby Storey.

‘Grandchildren were in the driveway of Adams’ home minutes before the attack.

‘I would appeal for calm. These attacks are the desperate acts of increasingly desperate and irrelevant groups.’

The Police Service of Northern Ireland said officers were ‘dealing with two incidents at two separate addresses in west Belfast’.

The home of Bobby Storey (pictured) was also targeted with an explosive device

The home of Bobby Storey (pictured) was also targeted with an explosive device

Mr Adams led Sinn Fein from 1983 until February 2018, while Mr Storey has served as the party’s northern chairman.

Following the attacks, the leader of the Alliance party Naomi Long tweeted: ‘It seems this week some people are determined to drag us back into violence at whatever cost.

‘We need to stand together against all violence. No exceptions. No excuses.’  



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