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Bomb parts and ammunition found in west Belfast seizure

The parts were found by detectives investigating dissident republican terrorist activity

Published 24/11/2015

Items recovered included: 700 rounds of assorted ammunition, 7 mercury tilt switches, detonator cord, firework powder, assault rifle magazine. Pic: PSNI
Items recovered included: 700 rounds of assorted ammunition, 7 mercury tilt switches, detonator cord, firework powder, assault rifle magazine. Pic: PSNI

Seven hundred rounds of ammunition have been found along with bomb making components during searches in west Belfast by officers investigating dissident republican terrorist activity.

The items recovered included 700 rounds of assorted ammunition, 7 mercury tilt switches, Detonator cord, Firework powder and an assault rifle magazine.

A 57-year-old woman and a 44 year-old man arrested on Sunday remain in custody.

Detective Inspector Philip Montgomery, from Serious Crime Branch said: “We believe this is a significant seizure of munitions and bomb making components which was uncovered during a search of a house at Broom Close in the Twinbrook area.

"The items were concealed in a burn bag in the roof space. Inside the brown paper bag were more than 700 rounds of assorted ammunition packed into items of clothing, plastic bags and containers.

“Officers later searched another property at Glenwood Walk in Poleglass and several items have been taken away for detailed examination. We are not in a position at present to disclose what we have found there.

“We believe this is a significant find because it has taken off the streets materials designed to kill and injure. We apologise to local communities who were inconvenienced by Sunday’s searches. We would like to thank local political and community representatives for working with us during the search operation.

"I am sure the overwhelming majority of people in these communities are thankful that such items have been prevented from causing harm. We will continue to work with communities to reduce the threat posed by those involved in such activity and would ask people to contact police if they have any suspicions about terrorist activity.”

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