Derry device ‘designed to kill’

A PSNI sniffer dog is brought into search during yesterday's security alert at Curryneirin Estate. It followed a coded warning to the Derry Journal. DER0715MC010

A PSNI sniffer dog is brought into search during yesterday's security alert at Curryneirin Estate. It followed a coded warning to the Derry Journal. DER0715MC010

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Police say a device found during the security operation in Derry’s Currynierin area was designed to kill.

Superintendent Mark McEwan confirmed that police had discovered a viable bomb which he said could very well have killed police officers or members of the local community.

“It is a bomb and it is designed to kill people,” he said.

“In the context of Northern Ireland we believe that the bomb was placed there with the intention of killing police officers.

“I have also to say that it was left in a position close to housing and there is every possibility that it could have killed members of the community.”

Supt McEwan said he was confident residents would be let back into their homes at some stage in the evening.

Residents were denied access to the estate, which has only one entrance, as the security operation got under way on Monday evening. Police say a device found during the security operation at Currynierin was designed to kill.

“In the context of Northern Ireland we believe that the bomb was placed there with the intention of killing police officers.

“I have also to say that it was left in a position close to housing and there is every possibility that it could have killed members of the community.”

Pedestrian and vehicular access to Currynierin Estate in Derry has been restored.

Area Commander, Chief Inspector Tony Callaghan said: “ Those who left this device have shown callous disregard for the safety of the local community and the police officers serving this community. We are extremely fortunate that no one was killed or seriously injured.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their patience. I understand that such disruption can be extremely frustrating and unsettling for everyone, however the time taken to make the device and the area safe was unavoidable. Ensuring public safety in such circumstances is always a complex and time consuming task. However keeping people safe and ensuring they are not being put at risk is always a priority.

I would appeal to the community to work with us to identify those responsible. I would ask anyone who has any information to contact Police on the non-emergency number 101. Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”