‘Explosive’ thrown at Gerry Adams’ house

An explosive device has been thrown at former Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams’ house in west Belfast, the party has said.

In a statement the party added activist Bobby Storey’s house was also attacked.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) confirmed that it was investigating two incidents in west Belfast.

Mr Adams, a member of parliament in the Republic of Ireland, tweeted that no-one was hurt at his house.

Sinn Fein MLA Gerry Kelly said « these were reprehensible and cowardly attacks ».

« Grandchildren were in the driveway of Adams’ home minutes before the attack, » he added.

An explosive was also thrown at Bobby Storey’s house, the northern chairman of Sinn Fein and a former member of the Provisional IRA.

Mr Storey was involved in the Maze Prison escape in 1983, where 38 Provisional IRA prisoners escaped from the maximum security prison.

The attacks come after six nights of violence in Londonderry, which led to six people being arrested on Thursday evening.

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Over the course of Thursday 75 petrol bombs and two improvised explosives were thrown at PSNI officers.

Police accused dissident republicans of the attacks, which have taken place around the Twelfth of July parades, a frequent heightening of tensions centred around the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne.

Who is Gerry Adams?

Mr Adams, 69, spent nearly 34 years at the helm of Irish republican party Sinn Fein.

During The Troubles Mr Adams survived several attempts on his life, including a 1984 gun attack by loyalist paramilitaries.

He is one of the most recognisable and controversial figures in Irish politics

Two months after the death of Martin McGuinness in 2017, Mr Adams announced he would step down as leader. He was succeeded by Mary Lou McDonald.

You can read a full profile here.

Source: The Guardian

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