Published: Tue, July 17, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Explosive devices thrown at ex-Sinn Fein leader's home

Explosive devices thrown at ex-Sinn Fein leader's home

Large crude devices were thrown at the West Belfast homes of Mr Adams and senior Sinn Féin party official Bobby Storey.

Sinn Fein's Policing and Justice spokesman Gerry Kelly condemned the "reprehensible and cowardly" attack on the homes of Mr Adams and Bobby Storey, who has served as the party's northern chairman.

On the driveway of Adams' home in west Belfast stood a damaged vehicle with a blast mark visible on the windscreen.

'I would appeal for calm.

The Irish nationalist party confirmed the attack on Saturday, blaming the incident on "increasingly desperate and irrelevant groups".

Asked if dissident Irish nationalists were responsible for the attack on his home, Adams said that "there may be a connection with what is happening in Derry", referring to Londonderry. "We will not allow a small minority intent on violence to drag Northern Ireland back to the past", he said.

A second explosive was thrown at the home of Bobby Storey, another prominent party member.

Adams called on the perpetrators to meet him and explain why they did it. "Come and sit down and explain to me what this is about, give me the rationale for this..."

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.

On Friday, 74 petrol bombs and two improvised explosive devices were thrown during street violence in the city, which Police Service of Northern Ireland Chief Constable George Hamilton said included attempts to murder police officers.

We need to stand together against all violence.

Dissident nationalist groups who oppose the 1998 Good Friday Agreement that Adams helped broker have been involved in the fighting.

Sinn Fein dismiss the dissidents as unrepresentative gangs with no political strategy that use the cloak of republicanism to engage in criminality.

The attacks came after six successive nights of violence in Londonderry, which is also called Derry.

"We have all worked too hard and come too far to see the peace we have enjoyed put at risk by those who offer nothing to this society but destruction" she said.

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