A viable explosive device addressed to Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers has been discovered at Stormont Castle in Belfast.
Staff in the castle’s postal section raised the alarm early today and the package has been made safe and taken for forensic examination. No-one was hurt.
The castle holds the offices used by the First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. Mr Robinson moved to offices in nearby Parliament Buildings and Mr McGuinness is on leave following a trade mission to the US last week.
The device was similar to those addressed to PSNI chief constable Matt Baggott and his senior commander in Derry Jon Burrows last week.Letter bomb discovered at Derry office of Public Prosecution Service
PSNI chief constable Matt Baggott: a viable letter bomb addressed to him was found at a sorting office in Northern Ireland today. Photograph: The Irish TimesLetter bomb sent to PSNI chief constable
Ms Villiers is in London today for talks with Dr Richard Haass, the former US special envoy, who is conducting all-party discussions on flags, parading and legacy issues from the Troubles.