ATO at scene of Skeoge Road explosion

A police car close to the scene of an explosion on the Skeoge Road.
A police car close to the scene of an explosion on the Skeoge Road.
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Ammunition Technical Officers (ATOs) are currently at the scene of what is believed to have been an explosion on Skeoge Road in Derry overnight.

PSNI Chief Inspector Tony Callaghan said: “Reports of a loud bang were received at about 11.45pm on Tuesday night. Officers attended the area and it appeared something inside a bin had exploded.

“Further daylight checks of the area are now being conducted.

“The Skeoge Road is closed between the Glengalliagh roundabout and the Buncrana Road. Members of the public should avoid the area.”

Speaking to the ‘Journal’ at the scene, local Sinn Fein councillor, Sandra Duffy, condemned the incident.

“The details of what actually happened are not yet known but this is a very busy road and is used by thousands of motorists in the morning. This incident will cause mass disruption.”

SDLP councillor for the area, Brian Tierney, was one of the first on the scene.

“I heard a loud explosion and I went and spoke to a few concerned residents. Nothing has been confirmed yet but this type of incident has no place in our community,” said Colr. Tierney.