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Explosive remnants recovered after suspected attack on homes of Gerry Adams and Sinn Fein figure

By Michael Sheils McNamee

Police have seized remnants of "industrial, firework-type devices" after attacks on the west Belfast homes of former Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams and senior party activist Bobby Storey.

In a statement on Saturday morning, the PSNI said it received reports of loud bangs in the area at around 10.50pm on Friday night.

A PSNI spokesman said: "Officers attended and carried out searches, and have seized remnants of large industrial, firework-type devices, capable of causing serious damage or injury, at both locations. There were no reports of any injuries, however, a parked car was damaged at one of the houses."

A number of prominent political voices have hit out at the attack.

‘Explosive devices’ thrown at homes of Gerry Adams and Sinn Fein figure

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood called the attacks "disgraceful", and said: "There is absolutely no place in our society for such mindless actions. Thankfully no one was injured."

"It is important, at moments like this, that we all stand together against those who want to drag us back to the past. They should be left in no doubt, it will not work," he said.

In a tweet, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar wrote: "I unequivocally condemn the violence in Derry and Belfast last night. We will not allow a small minority intent on violence to drag Northern Ireland back to the past. We stand with the decent law-abiding people from all communities in the North."

Alliance Party leader 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."

Anyone with any information about the incidents is asked to contact police at Musgrave on 101, with the reference number 1691 and the date 13/07/18.

The public can also contact independent charity Crimestoppers independently on 0800 555 111.

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