Police say bomb attack was “attempted murder”

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The PSNI say a bomb attack on a police vehicle in Derry on Saturday was “’attempted murder.”

Police were conducting a search operation in the Rathmore Park area of Creggan shortly before 5pm on Saturday when an explosive device was thrown at the vehicle.

Significant blast damage was caused to the vehicle, however none of the police officers were injured. Stones were also thrown at police in the area by a number of youths.

Inspector Jon Burrows said: “Those who carried out this attack have shown callous disregard for the safety of the local community and my officers.

“It is only by sheer good fortune that we do not have a fatality on our hands as this attack occurred in a built up residential area. My officers should be allowed to carry out their duties without the added pressure of misguided individuals intent on causing them harm.”

Derry’s deputy Mayor condemned the attack.

Sinn Fein councillor Kevin Campbell said: “While it is not yet known what group was responsible for exploding this device, what is known, is that it was detonated in a built up area. And could have caused serious injury to anyone in the vicinity of the blast at the time.

“I am making it clear to those responsible that the people of Derry do not want this and those behind it need to stop. And need to consider their actions.

“In detonating this device they have shown no regard for the Creggan community. “

On Sunday morning police arrested a 50 year old man following a search of a house in Creggan in connection to dissident republican activity.

He has been taken to Antrim Serious Crime Suite for questioning.

Around 200 residents of Creggan held a protest on Sunday afternoon in response to what local community worker Seamus Heaney described as “heavy handed police searches.”