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Shots fired at police in Derry’s Bogside

Police say shots were fired at one of their vehicles in the Bogside in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Police say shots were fired at one of their vehicles in the Bogside in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Police in Derry say one of their vehicles was struck by gunfire in the city in the early hours of Tuesday.

The vehicle was being driven along Westland Street, close to the Bogside Inn, shortly before 1am when it was struck twice.

There were no injuries to officers in the vehicle.

Police have described the incident - which they say could be linked to dissident republicans - as totally reckless.

It’s understood the type of gunfire has not yet been established.

The nature of the damage to a window of the police vehicle was established only after a detailed ballistic examination.

Superintendent Garry Eaton, the G District Operations Manager, said: “It is fortunate that we are not speaking about deaths or injuries today. Members of the crew were kept safe by protective equipment on the vehicle. However, if the shots had missed, then anyone walking or standing on the street could have been hit.

“The officers were carrying out normal patrolling to keep the community safe. Those who organised and carried out the attack were totally reckless and showed total disregard for the lives of people in that community.

“Despite this incident, we remain committed to providing the people of Derry with the type of positive and dedicated policing that they ask and expect of us.”

Police have appealed to anyone with information to contact them on the non-emergency number 101. Alternatively, they can get in touch with the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

 
 
 

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