Video: Security film shows device thrown from car at Gerry Adams’ home in Belfast
Security camera footage has revealed the device thrown at the home of former Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams on Friday night was hurled from a passing car.
The film was published as tensions remain high in west Belfast ahead of a rally today against the attacks on senior republicans.
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Leading dissidents are under increased surveillance and mainstream republicans who may be on their hit list have upped their personal security.
In the footage, sparks can be seen around a parked car in a driveway followed by black smoke as a vehicle passes.
The video has been shared with the PSNI who are investigating this incident and another attack on the home of former IRA intelligence chief Bobby Storey. Neither Mr Adams nor Mr Storey were injured.
Both will be in attendance at a solidarity rally tonight in a bid to ease tensions in the city, and Mr Adams has appealed for calm. Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald will be the main speaker.
“If Bobby Storey and his family can stay calm and I can stay calm then we want everyone else to do the same,” Mr Adams said.
The Sinn Fein-led event will take place at 7pm at the site of the old Andersonstown Barracks as the hunt for those responsible continues.
It was initially believed Friday night’s attack was in response to Sinn Fein’s strong condemnation of dissident violence in Londonderry over the past week.
But it’s understood New IRA leaders have contacted senior Sinn Fein officials to deny any role in the attacks. A crime gang on the fringes of dissident republicanism based in the Turf Lodge area is also being blamed.
Speaking in the Sunday Life yesterday, a senior republican source said: “This attack will not go unpunished. A lot of people are looking for those behind this.
“Dissident leaders are under pressure to act to show they didn’t authorise this and to deal with the bombers.”
West Belfast Sinn Fein MLA Pat Sheehan slammed the attacks as “cowardly and reprehensible”.
“Those involved are opposed to the peace process and the process of change,” he said.
“Monday night’s rally is an opportunity for the people of Belfast to come out to send a message to those involved in attacks on republicans and on the community to stop immediately.”
Sinn Fein leaders, including Ms McDonald, have been scathing in their criticism of those behind rioting and attacks on police in Derry. Alliance Party leader Naomi Long MLA said Friday night’s attacks were aimed at raising tensions in the community further.
“This week we have seen those who remain wedded to violence bring chaos and fear on to our streets, in scenes which we had all hoped we would never witness again,” she said.
“These latest attacks are a deliberate and calculated attempt to cause fear and raise tensions within our community. They must be condemned without equivocation by us all. Their recklessness and disregard for the community is clear and without any regard for the consequences.
“As a community, we need to stand together in opposition to those behind this violence.
People Before Profit MLA Gerry Carroll added: “Anyone I’ve been speaking to is saying this is a disgrace, a blatant attempt to intimidate. People are fed up with these tactics. I’m pleased it’s remained calm over the weekend. There are important issues for the people of west Belfast, real issues and this strategy does nothing but instil fear. It must be totally condemned.”
Belfast SDLP councillor Tim Attwood said: “I think all of us are appalled. The community must now show a strong, powerful, positive message. These marginalised groups need to be told there is no place in our society.”
Significant damage was caused to a vehicle on Mr Adams’ driveway and he has since called on those responsible to have the “gumption and guts” to meet him and explain their actions.