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Bomb parts found hidden in socks in dissident raid

The items were found in the roof space of a house.

psni - 1 The ammunition found in the roof space Source: PSNI

POLICE IN BELFAST have swooped on a huge stash of weapons in the west of the city.

Components for bomb making and a large amount of ammunition were uncovered as part of an investigation into dissident republican terrorist activity.

Many of the items were being stored inside socks, plastic bags and tupperware containers which were being kept in a larger bag in the house’s roof space.

The raid took place at a house on Broom Close in the Twinbrook area of the city.

In total, the PSNI recovered: 700 rounds of ammunition, seven mercury tilt switches, a detonator cord, firework powder and a magazine for an assault rifle.

psni - 2 Mercury tilt switches

A 57-year-old woman and a 44-year-old man were arrested after the operation on Sunday and remain in police custody.

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Following the first raid, another property in the Glenwood Walk area in Poleglass was searched and a number of items taken away for examination – although exact details about what was found have not yet been given.

psni - 3 Detonators, detonator cord and ammunition

Speaking about the discoveries, Detective Inspector Philip Montgomery from the serious crime branch said: “We believe this is a significant find because it has taken off the streets materials designed to kill and injure.

We apologise to local communities who were inconvenienced by Sunday’s searches. We would like to thank local political and community representatives for working with us during the search operation.

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