Ex-SF leader Adams' home attacked in N. Ireland unrest

Gerry Adams speaking to the media in 2015

Gerry Adams speaking to the media in 2015

Sinn Féin's Gerry Adams has called for those behind attacks on his home and that of Bobby Storey to meet with him to explain their "rationale".

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.

He said he was thankful no one was hurt - though two of his grandchildren were in his driveway minutes before the attack.

Appealing for calm, Kelly described the attacks as "the desperate acts of increasingly desperate and irrelevant groups".

The Police Service of Northern Ireland has not yet concluded who's behind the attacks.

The former Sinn Féin leader said he does not know who is responsible for the attacks, which occurred following a number of nights of unrest in Derry believed to involve dissident republicans.

They also said senior party member Bobby Storey's home was targeted too.

A further search of both locations saw remnants of "industrial, firework-type devices" seized by police, and "a parked auto was damaged at one of the houses", according to a PSNI statement.

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"I would like them to have the guts and the gumption to sit down and tell what this is about".

"I'd like those who are involved in exploiting children in Derry to do the same thing, or those who are poisoning the atmosphere in east Belfast and causing havoc to do the same thing".

Stating that the rioters in the Bogside had tried to murder them on Thursday night, police arrested a man on suspicion of attempted murder after officers were attacked with 74 petrol bombs and two improvised explosives.

We need to stand together against all violence.

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said he "unequivocally condemned" the violence in Londonderry and Belfast, writing in a post on Twitter.

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

The Belfast attacks came after days of street violence in Northern Ireland's second city Londonderry, which police blamed on militant Irish nationalists opposed to a 1998 peace deal that Adams helped to broker.

Alliance Party leader Naomi Long MLA said it seemed "some people are determined to drag us back into violence at whatever cost".

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