Northern Ireland

Police given more time to question gun suspects

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

Police have been given more time to question five men who were stopped in a car in west Belfast shortly after a paramilitary style attack.

The police seized two guns when the car was searched on the Falls Road on Thursday night

A magistrate in Antrim granted police an additional 72 hours to question them.

Officers stopped the car after an incident a few minutes earlier on 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.