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Explosive device left outside home of Pat Finucane's brother

Police at the scene of the security alert this morning. Picture by Mal McCann 

An explosive device has been left outside the west Belfast home of the brother of murdered solicitor Pat Finucane.

Martin Finucane's house in Lenadoon was targeted during the early hours of this morning.

Mr Finucane said the device consisted of batteries, nails and flammable cloth and added he was thankful it had not ignited.

Speaking to Q Radio today, he said there was "no moral justification" for the attack on his home:

Sinn Féin West Belfast MP Paul Maskey said: “This is wrong and I unreservedly condemn it.

“This attack is reckless and shows a callous disregard for the Finucane family and the local community.

“This is an attack on a justice and human rights campaigner and as such is an attack on the whole community.

“Those behind this device have nothing to offer society

“I would call on anyone with any information on those responsible for this attack on a home to bring it forward to the police.”

Victims campaigners Relatives for Justice, of which Martin Finucane is a founding member, posted a statement on Twitter following news of this morning's attack:

In a statement released this morning, the PSNI said: "Shortly after 6.30am it was reported that an object was thrown at the front window of a house in the area causing the outer pane of glass to smash.

"A vehicle was heard making off from the scene.  On further examination a suspicious object was discovered in the front garden. 

"ATO were tasked and declared the object to be the remnants of a crude explosive device that did not ignite. 

Damage to a window at the property. Picture by Mal McCann 

"Two adults who were in the house at the time were not injured as a result of the incident."

Police have appealed for anyone with information to contact them by calling 101.

Pat Finucane was shot dead in front of his wife and children at his north Belfast home in February 1989. 

His family have campaigned ever since for a full examination of alleged security force collusion with the loyalist paramilitary killers.

Last December his son John Finucane was elected MP for North Belfast, unseating the DUP's Nigel Dodds.

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