Two men, aged 35 and 34, have been arrested after a gun and ammunition were found in west Belfast.
The Paramilitary Crime Task Force was conducting an investigation into the criminal activities of the INLA.
A vehicle was stopped at the Falls Road at about 21:20 BST on Friday.
A property in Whiterock was then searched and the firearm and ammunition, which have been taken away for further forensic examination, were found.
The men were arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm and ammunition in suspicious circumstances. Both men remain in police custody.
Det Insp Hamilton said the seizure had “made the community of west Belfast, and indeed the wider community a safer place following this investigation.”
“The Paramilitary Crime Task Force will continue to listen to the community and act on the information they provide,” said Det Insp Hamilton.
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A Stormont department has sought advice from police about the removal of flags glorifying loyalist Billy Wright in Co Tyrone.
Flags bearing the image of the former LVF leader were recently put up on lampposts on the main road into Dungannon from the M1.
They have been erected on either side of the busy route near a junction leading to Dungannon Park, a popular destination for local people.
A former UVF commander in Mid Ulster, Wright went on to found the LVF.
He was shot dead inside the H-Blocks by the INLA in 1997.
Cookstown man Ruairi Cummings called last week for the flags to be removed.
He was 17 when LVF gunmen seriously injured his father Christy and killed another man, Seamus Dillon, outside the Glengannon Hotel in Dungannon in December 1997.
He was standing just feet away when the shooting took place.
The Department for Infrastructure last night said: “The department has sought advice from the PSNI on removing these flags.”
Chief Inspector Michael McDonald said: “As a police service we recognise the hurt and frustration that can be caused when a particular flag or banners appear, however, we are compelled in law to consider the legislation available to us.
“Whilst these flags may be perceived as offensive and distasteful, the erection does not in itself breach the law, however we are making efforts to engage with the local community in relation to this matter.”
Sinn Féin MLA Colm Gildernew said the flags have “caused hurt and offence to many in the area” and should be removed.
“This has been done deliberately to be hurtful, provocative and offensive,” he said.
Independent councillor Barry Monteith has also called for their removal.
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