Northern Ireland

Five arrested after city gun find

Falls Roads arrests
Image caption The men were arrested on the Falls Road

Five men have been arrested and two guns recovered during a police operation in west Belfast.

Officers stopped a car and arrested the men on the Falls Road at about 2200 BST after an incident a few minutes earlier on the nearby St James Road.

It is understood a man was the target of a so-called punishment shooting in a house. It is believed that although a shot was fired, he was not injured.

The arrests took place during a police follow-up operation.

Dissident republican paramilitaries have been responsible for a series of similar shootings.

Army bomb disposal experts were called to examine the car that had been stopped.

As a result, the Falls Road was closed for a period between the junction with the Whiterock Road and the Falls bus depot.

The five men arrested from the vehicle have been taken to Antrim serious crime suite for questioning.