Northern Ireland

Two released after Twinbrook dissident republican search

Twinbrook weapons Image copyright PSNI
Image caption The arms were found during police searches on Sunday

Two people arrested after the seizure of ammunition and bomb-making equipment in west Belfast have been released pending reports to the Public Prosecution Service.

The 44-year-old man and 57-year-old woman were arrested after police searches on Sunday.

The searches were at Broom Close in Twinbrook and Glenwood Walk, Poleglass.

As well as suspected bomb-making equipment, 700 rounds of ammunition were found.

A magazine for an assault rifle was also discovered and seven mercury tilt switches.

Det Insp Philip Montgomery said: "We believe this is a significant seizure of munitions and bomb making components which was uncovered during a search of a house at Broom Close in the Twinbrook area.

"The items were concealed in a burn bag in the roof space. Inside the brown paper bag were more than 700 rounds of assorted ammunition packed into items of clothing, plastic bags and containers.

"Officers later searched another property at Glenwood Walk in Poleglass and several items have been taken away for detailed examination. We are not in a position at present to disclose what we have found there.

"We believe this is a significant find because it has taken off the streets materials designed to kill and injure."

Image caption Items recovered from the house included 700 rounds of assorted ammunition, seven mercury tilt switches and a detonator cord