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UK NewsNew IRA trying to kill police officers warns top cop as bomb found in Londonderry

12:30  11 september  2019
12:30  11 september  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Police blame dissident republican group the New IRA for the bomb which "would have killed or A bomb in Londonderry was an attempt by dissident republican group the New IRA to murder police officers "They are trying to kill Irish police officers . It is totally and utterly morally wrong," he said.

Revealed: The ' New IRA ' car bomb 'intended to kill police ' as up to 80 officers raided Londonderry Bomb discovered in Londonderry was attempt to murder officers , police said The device, in Creggan Heights, 'would have killed or maimed anyone near it'

New IRA trying to kill police officers warns top cop as bomb found in Londonderry © REUTERS A person runs after throwing a petrol bomb at PSNI vehicles in Londonderry on Monday

Dissident Republicans are making a "concerted effort" to kill police in Northern Ireland, a senior officer has warned.

A New IRA bomb discovered in a parked vehicle in on was to be used to attack a patrol, detectives said.

The device was operated using a command wire and was being stored for use somewhere else in the area.

said it was improvised and contained commercial high explosives, which only required one adjustment to explode.

Assistant Chief Constable  said: "All I can say is that there seems to be more of a concerted effort by dissident republicans.

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Police received a warning about the attack shortly before the bomb detonated. Police officers guard the scene of a suspected car bomb in Londonderry , Northern Ireland January 20, 2019. The New IRA (NIRA) is a dissident Irish republican paramilitary group which formed after the Provisional

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New IRA trying to kill police officers warns top cop as bomb found in Londonderry © AFP/Getty Images Cops said republicans planted a car bomb in Londonderry in a bid to kill officers

"We have seen almost the re-emergence of the Continuity IRA in the Tyrone area, we also saw the attack in Craigavon, which we would attribute to CIRA.

"We have seen a regular tempo of activity in from the New IRA.

"Only they can explain why they are doing it."

The threat against members of the Police Service of Northern Ireland from Republicans determined to undermine the peace process has been severe for a decade.

This was the eighth attack or attempted attack this year.

Others included the shooting dead of journalist Lyra McKee in Derry in April by a gunman targeting police, and the discovery of an explosive device under an officer's car at a golf club in East Belfast.

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Armed New IRA terrorists planted the explosives in a hijacked pizza delivery car, police say, in an attack described as a 'very significant attempt to kill He later died from his injuries. In Londonderry , police and fire officers came under petrol bomb and missile attack for a number of nights last July

The bomb found in Strabane, Co Tyrone, on Saturday was a “viable mortar type device” which was intended to kill police officers , the Police The New IRA has previously made use of vehicles hijacked from pizza delivery drivers in its attacks. It was responsible for a bomb which exploded

Police launched a major search operation for bomb-making material in in Londonderry on Monday, which resulted in the discovery of the latest device.

Mr Hamilton said: "The use of this type of high-explosive in a community area has to be condemned.

"It is highly reckless, extremely dangerous and would have had devastating effects."

The senior officer added: "The bomb would have killed or maimed anyone near it when it detonated."

He admitted the tempo of dissident activity had increased.

New IRA trying to kill police officers warns top cop as bomb found in Londonderry © PA PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton said there was an effort to kill officers

"It is worrying for me as a police officer and I think it is worrying for communities and that is why now we need to stand very firmly together against this."

Police were attacked with missiles by members of a crowd of 60 to 100 people as they carried out Monday's searches targeting dissidents.

About 40 petrol bombs were thrown during the disorder.

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A NEW IRA bomb discovered in a parked vehicle in Londonderry yesterday was to be used to attack a polce patrol, detectives have said. At least two of the young people suffered burn injuries when they tried to attack the police cordon with petrol bombs . Officers found the viable explosive device while

A bomb discovered in a car parked outside a home in Northern Ireland on Monday was planted by the New IRA with the aim of murdering police officers , the PSNI have said. The device, found in a residential area in Londonderry and operated using a command wire, "would definitely have killed "

The later said 15 families who were evacuated from their homes could return.

At least two young people engaged in the disorder sustained burn injuries during the violence, the said.

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

New IRA trying to kill police officers warns top cop as bomb found in Londonderry © AFP/Getty Images A bomb was found in a car in Londonderry

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

On Saturday a dissident republican mortar bomb was recovered in , Co Tyrone.

The mortar, which was positioned close to a family home, was aimed at the town's police station.

Secretary of State Julian Smith commended the work of the PSNI. He spoke with Chief Constable Simon Byrne to discuss developments on Tuesday.

Mr Smith tweeted: "Earlier today I spoke to ChiefConPSNI to offer my full support for the work he and his team are doing to keep people in Derry/Londonderry safe, despite coming under attack last night."

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