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McGuinness home hit in paint attack

DISSIDENT republicans have targeted the home of Martin McGuinness in a paint bomb attack.

The home of Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister was daubed with black paint.

The targeting of Mr McGuinness's house came around the same time as he was told of a death threat against him.

Threat

It has been reported that the incident was raised by US President Barack Obama, during a St Patrick's Day visit by Mr McGuinness to the White House.

While Sinn Fein has not commented on the vandalism, Mr McGuinness released a statement earlier this month condemning a death threat which had been made against him.

At the time he said: "Last night I was visited at home by the PSNI, who informed me of a real and active threat against me from a dissident group in Derry.

"They linked the threat to my condemnation of the recent attempted mortar attack in the city and other remarks made in support of the PSNI.

"Both myself and the PSNI are taking this threat seriously. However there are times when in political leadership staying silent is not an option, and I will not be silenced by threats like this.

"I will defend the peace process from attack from whatever quarter, be it these groups or the loyalist flag protesters over recent months.

Warped

"It says much about the mentality of those controlling groups like the one behind the threat that, in their warped logic, threatening Irish republicans and their families somehow advances the cause of Irish reunification.

"I am very sure of the ground I stand on. I am also very sure that it is the path shared by republicans across this island genuinely interested in building a new agreed Ireland."

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