Skeoge Road bomb could have killed say PSNI

Police cordon off the scene of an explosion in a bin on the Skeoge Road. DERR3215GS05
Police cordon off the scene of an explosion in a bin on the Skeoge Road. DERR3215GS05

Police investigating a bomb that exploded on the Skeoge Road have said said it is “fortunate no one was killed”.

PSNI District Commander Superintendent, Mark McEwan, said those who planted the bomb in Derry on Tuesday night showed blatant disregard for lives of people in the community.

Army Technical Officer manoeuvres a robot  at the scene of an explosion in a bin on the Skeoge Road. DERR3215GS09

Army Technical Officer manoeuvres a robot at the scene of an explosion in a bin on the Skeoge Road. DERR3215GS09

At around 11.45pm police received reports of a loud bang in the area of Skeoge Road. Officers attended the area and it appeared something inside a bin had exploded. Further daylight checks were conducted and ATO were tasked to examine the area. ATO have confirmed that a viable explosive device had detonated in a bin and parts of what are believed to be remnants of the device have been taken away for further examination.

District Commander Superintendent Mark McEwan said: “It was fortunate no one had been killed or seriously injured in this indiscriminate attack. Those who left this device showed no regard for the safety of anyone in the area. The device was left in a waste bin and shrapnel from it could have killed or seriously injured anyone close by.”

Superintendent McEwan added: “Those involved in this attack showed a blatant disregard for the local community, as anyone could have approached this bin as it exploded. This has all the hallmarks of a dissident republican attack. Police will continue to patrol all areas of the City and I am asking everyone to work with us to reduce the threat that these people pose and to keep people safe.

“I am aware of the disruption that has been caused by this device and I appreciate the patience, understanding and most importantly the continued support of the local community as we worked to make the area safe.

“We are keen to hear from anyone who noticed any activity in the Skeoge Road area last night or anyone who has any information to contact Detectives in Strand Road Police Station on the non-emergency number 101. Information can also be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney said the people behind the bomb “do not have the support of the local community”.

“There is no rationale or justification for such actions and the sooner those behind this incident realise that the better.

“Those responsible for leaving this device on the Skeoge Road are attempting to drag us back to the past but they will not succeed.

“Thankfully no one was injured in this incident but it did bring considerable disruption to the area for most of the day.

“Whoever was behind this attack needs to realise that they do not have the support of the local community and they should stop these pointless actions immediately.”

The security alert is now over and the Skeoge Road has re-opened.