Gerry Adams among Sinn Fein members in bomb threat scare
Bomb threats have been made against senior party figures in Sinn Fein including its leader Gerry Adams.
The threats were communicated to the party by PSNI officers.
Belfast MP Alex Maskey said threats of explosive of devices being left at the home of Mr Adams and councillor Jim McVeigh.
Mr Maskey, a former Belfast mayor, also said he received a threat of a device being left at his Falls Road office.
"Several Sinn Fein members today were informed by the PSNI of threats made against them. The threats indicated that devices were left at the homes of Gerry Adams and Cllr Jim McVeigh along with a device being left at my office on the Falls Road," Mr Maskey said.
"No matter what the intentions of whoever who made the threats those behind them will achieve nothing. They will not deter us from our work and they will not stop us delivering for those who elect us," he added.
A PSNI spokesperson confirmed officers had carried out a series of "extensive searches" at several properties in Belfast earlier today, including the home of Mr Adams, but that "nothing untowards" had been discovered.
DCI Gary Reid said a call had been made to a local newspaper claiming devices had been left at the addresses.
Enquiries were now being made into the origin of the call, he added.