The PSNI has said it is investigating whether the target of the hoax bomb alert in the Foyle Springs area yesterday was a relative of a police officer.
The alert began at 7.45am yesterday when a suspicious object was discovered in the windscreen of a car in the Kinnego Park area.
British army bomb disposal experts were called to the scene and 18 nearby homes were evacuated while they examined the device - which was later declared to be a hoax.
A PSNI spokesperson said that a motive for the incident was still being investigated but added that reports from the area that a relative of a police officer was the intended target was “probably a line of investigation. “
Local SDLP councillor Mark H Durkan condemned those responsible for leaving the hoax device.
“It has caused some fear and worry among many people in the area. I condemn this without question. To place a device on a car windscreen, where anybody could walk past and harm themselves is reckless in the extreme.
“Just what it’s supposed to achieve is beyond me.
“People have had to be evacuated from their homes and this has caused a great deal of angst within the community. I urge anybody with information to pass it to the police. These incidents cannot continue,” he said.
Sinn Féin colr. Maeve McLaughlin also condemned the incident and said the majority of people in the city do not support such tactics.
“I condemn outright those who left this device at a home in the Kinnego Park area of Foyle Springs this morning.
This must have been a very frightening experience for this family. No one’s home, car should be targeted in this way.
We have now upwards of twenty families being forced out of their homes. This is a very upsetting situation for many local residents.
It is obvious that the people behind leaving such devices are out of touch with the will of the vast majority of the people of Derry who want to move forward without this type of disruption,” the Northland Sinn Féin councillor said.