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UK NewsLondonderry bomb: Device found in Creggan 'was New IRA attempt to kill police officers'

12:25  10 september  2019
12:25  10 september  2019 Source:   inews.co.uk

Homes evacuated after suspect device found near Strabane police station

Homes evacuated after suspect device found near Strabane police station A number of homes have been evacuated while the object is examined. Condemning the “reckless thugs” for the incident, SDLP MLA for West Tyrone Daniel Crossan said the device was “found behind the police station”. “It’s an absolute disgrace that our community is being tortured in this way and put in danger by reckless thugs on an early Saturday morning,” Crossan said. Alliance Party Councillor for Omagh Stephen Donnelly tweeted calling for those behind this suspect device attack to “get off the backs of the community”.

Dissident republicans are being blamed for killing 29-year-old Lyra McKee during rioting in the city. Police said a group known as the New IRA " are likely to be the ones" responsible for her murder. An intelligence-led operation took them into Londonderry 's Creggan estate late on Thursday night in a

Dissident republicans have attempted to kill police officers responding to a report from the public A burning car in Creggan , Derry after petrol bombs were thrown at police during riots in Northern In April the journalist Lyra McKee was shot in the head and killed by a New IRA gunman while reporting

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A bomb discovered in a parked vehicle in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, was intended to be used to attack a police patrol, according to detectives.

Police said the device was operated using a command wire and was found to be an improvised explosive belonging to the dissident republican New IRA grouping.

Assistant chief constable Mark Hamilton said: "The bomb would have killed or maimed anyone near it when it detonated."

The explosive was made safe by Army bomb disposal experts at about 4am, but officers have remained on the scene while a "full terrorist investigation" gets underway.

Man arrested after bomb found in Strabane, Co Tyrone

Man arrested after bomb found in Strabane, Co Tyrone Residents were evacuated from their homes yesterday after the alert in the Church View area of the town. Bomb experts were called in and later made the device safe. And officers have now arrested a man under the terrorism act this morning. © Google Maps Strabane, Co Tyrone A PSNI spokesman said: "An Improvised Explosive Device (IED) has been recovered following a security alert in Strabane. A man has been arrested under terrorism legislation." Sinn Féin MP Orfhlaith Begley said: "This security alert in the Church View area of Strabane has brought nothing but disruption to the local community.

Moment Londonderry car bomb EXPLODES after ‘ New IRA deliver it in hijacked pizza car in significant attempt to kill ’. The Police Service of Northern Ireland have made two arrests in connection with the blast which took place at around 8.15pm last night.

Officers were targeted after finding what they described as a suspicious object while carrying out searches for New IRA bomb -making equipment. The SDLP leader, Colum Eastwood, said that those responsible for the disorder in Creggan were “inflicting damage on their own community”.

Police were attacked with missiles by members of a crowd of 60-100 people on Monday night as they carried out searches targeting dissidents. Around 40 petrol bombs were thrown during Monday evening's disorder.

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Families evacuated

Police remain on the scene (Photo: Aoife Moore/PA Wire)

Officers found the viable explosive device while looking for New IRA bomb-making equipment in the Creggan Heights area of the city.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) later said 15 families who were evacuated could return to their dwellings.

At least two young people engaged in the disorder in Derry's Creggan estate sustained burn injuries during the violence, the PSNI said.

Mr Hamilton said: "By bringing a viable bomb into the community they have again proved that have no regard for the lives of anyone living in Creggan.

Petrol bombs thrown at police after suspicious object found

Petrol bombs thrown at police after suspicious object found Police have been attacked with petrol bombs after finding a suspicious object in the Creggan area of Londonderry. Around 80 officers had been searching for bomb-making equipment on Monday, targeting dissident republicans in the Northern Irish city. It followed the discovery of an improvised explosive device in Strabane during the weekend which has been linked to the New IRA. Police said the mortar was near a family home and was aimed at the local police station. In Derry on Monday, officers were targeted while carrying out searches and around 15 homes were evacuated to keep residents safe, police added.

The bomb found in Strabane, Co Tyrone, on Saturday was a “viable mortar type device ” which was intended to kill police officers , the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) has said. The group was also responsible for the murder of journalist Lyra McKee in the Creggan area of Derry in April.

The bomb found in Strabane, Co Tyrone on Saturday was a “viable mortar type device ” which was intended to kill police officers , the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) has said. The group was also responsible for the murder of journalist Lyra McKee in the Creggan area of Derry in April.

"Once again they exploited some of the young people in the community to attack police and have brought disruption and misery to families."

Search launched after mortar bomb discovery

The police searches were launched after a dissident republican mortar bomb was recovered in Strabane, Co Tyrone, on Saturday.

The mortar, which was positioned close to a family home, was aimed at the town's police station. It was the seventh attempted murder bid against the security forces in Northern Ireland this year.

Journalist Lyra McKee, 29, was murdered by the New IRA in the same Creggan Heights area in April as she observed dissident rioting.

Mr Hamilton described the operation as "complex" as he condemned those indulging in disorder.

"The focus of this operation is ensuring the people of Creggan are safe. However, it is concerning to see significant numbers of young people on the streets, late into the night, throwing petrol bombs and other missiles at officers in the area," he said late on Monday night.

"The reality is this type of disorder contributes to the complexity of the policing operation and presents a real risk of injury to those involved."

Additional reporting by PA

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