Explosive device left outside home of Pat Finucane's brother
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:
Human rights campaigner Martin Finucane says there’s “no moral justification” for the attack on his west Belfast home this morning.— Q Radio News (@qnewsdesk) February 20, 2020
The uncle of SF MP John Finucane called on those who threw a device packed with nails before speeding off on a motorbike to explain their actions. pic.twitter.com/NQGaRlpZHH
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:
We are absolutely sickened that a bomb has been thrown at the home of one of our founding members, Martin Finucane. Martin has traveled the world to shine light on state collusion, in his brother’s case and hundreds of others. Our solidarity is with with him this morning— Relatives 4 Justice (@RelsForJustice) February 20, 2020
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.
"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.
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.