Gerry Adams Home Attacked With ‘explosive Device’ As Cops Cordon Off Ex-sinn Féin Leader’s Belfast Street


A BOMB was thrown at the home of former Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams on Friday night.

A second device was thrown at the home of the party’s former Northern Ireland chairman Bobby Storey.

PA:Press Association Police at the scene of a explosive device attack on the west Belfast home of former Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams

The republican party condemned the “reprehensible and cowardly” attacks in Belfast last night.

Significant damage was visible to a vehicle on Mr Adams’ driveway in the aftermath of the attack and a blast mark could be seen on the windscreen.

A heavy security presence was outside the home of Mr Storey, with a number of police Land Rovers and armed officers standing guard.

Mr Kelly, the north Belfast MLA, said: “These were reprehensible and cowardly attacks on the family homes of Gerry Adams and Bobby Storey.

“Grandchildren were in the driveway of Adams’ home minutes before the attack.

“I would appeal for calm. These attacks are the desperate acts of increasingly desperate and irrelevant groups.”

The Police Service of Northern Ireland said officers were “dealing with two incidents at two separate addresses in west Belfast”.

PA:Press Association A bomb has been thrown at former Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams’ home, the party says

PA:Press Association Police outside the west Belfast home of former Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams

PA:Press Association Adams said no one was hurt in the incident but Sinn Féin said one of the devices damaged a car (pictured)

Adams, 69, tweeted that he was unharmed and thanked his Neighbourhood Watch for sounding the alarm.

He posted: “All well here. No one hurt. Thanks 4 all the texts and phone calls.

“Thanks 2 all the great neighbours, the Neighbourhood Watch and Sinn Féin reps who were here very quickly.”

While police have not yet attributed responsibility, the attacks are likely the work of dissident republicans.

The extremist groups oppose Sinn Fein’s involvement in the peace process and are engaged in localised turf wars in republican strongholds in an effort to wrest support away from the mainstream movement.

PA:Press Association Police cordon off an area near the west Belfast home of senior Sinn Fein member Bobby Storey after an explosive device was thrown at the property

RAZORPIX An explosive was also thrown at the house of Bobby Storey, the northern chairman of Sinn Féin and a former member of the Provisional IRA

PA:Press Association The party has slammed the attacks, which they say also targeted senior party member Bobby Storey’s home.

Friday’s attacks in west Belfast came six straight nights of violence in Northern Ireland, where explosive devices were hurled at cops.

Northern Ireland’s chief of police George Hamilton has blamed a “New IRA” in Derry for the “murderous” attacks on police.

On Thursday night, two explosive devices were hurled at police officers, and 74 petrol bombs were also thrown.

Three men were arrested, one on suspicion of attempted murder. One, aged 50, was later charged with disorderly behaviour.

Police said it was “nothing short of a miracle” that no one has been injured or killed so far.

High tensions have been blamed on the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne.

It is understood some of those involved in the violence are not even in their teenage years.

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