The security alert in the Carnanbane Road in Banagher has ended.
A section of the road, which is between Dungiven and Feeny, was sealed off from Wednesday morning after an anonymous telephone call warning was passed to police on Tuesday night claiming an explosive device had been left in the area.
The ‘Journal’ understands the call was made to a charity and a code word was used in the warning.
Police confirmed the device found in a laneway on Wednesday afternoon was viable.
Superintendent John Magill said: “This is the second security alert in the area since mid-November. Again, we have had road closures and disruption caused to a rural community.
“The blame for this incident lies squarely on the reckless individuals who placed the device. My message for them is simple; give the community a break.”