Belfast Telegraph

Semtex, detonators and handguns found in Belfast house

Police have uncovered explosives, handguns, ammunition and detonators in a house in west Belfast.

A 38-year-old woman and 67-year-old man were held following a police operation on the Ballymurphy Road.

They have been taken to Antrim police station for questioning.

During a security alert residents were forced from their homes in the early hours of Friday morning.

Police said more than half a kilo of Semtex was uncovered along with two handguns, 200 rounds of ammunition and two detonators.

The items have been sent for forensic examination.

Detective Chief Inspector Gillian Kearney, said the items were uncovered as part of an investigation into violent dissident republican terrorist activity.

She added: “We are delighted to have removed these potentially lethal items from the streets of west Belfast.

"We appreciate the clearance operation which was needed to ensure everyone’s safety through the night disrupted many people’s lives, requiring people to leave their homes and inconveniencing road users.

"We would like to thank them for their patience and understanding during the operation. We will continue to work with the community to ensure we keep everyone safe.”

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