‘Bus driver was extremely brave’- PSNI

Chief Superintendant Stephen Cargin at the press conference this morning.  (DER4813JB001)
Chief Superintendant Stephen Cargin at the press conference this morning. (DER4813JB001)

Derry’s police chief says those responsible for placing a bomb on a bus in the city on Wednesday night “recklessly and “indiscriminately” endangered the lives of the people of Derry.

Chief Superintendant Stephen Cargin was speaking after a masked man placed a small pipe bomb in a holdall on an Ulsterbus in the Ballymagroarty area of the city at around 6.15 on Wednesday evening and ordered the driver to drive it to Strand Road PSNI station.

The driver, a woman in her 30s, managed to get the passengers off the bus on the Northland Road and raise the alarm.

Speaking after the device was removed for examination, CS Cargin said; “This was a reckless, mindless act of terrorism which put the lives of the people of the city at risk.”

The senior PSNI officer also said dissident republicans were responsible for the bomb attack. “The person who put the bomb on the bus said ‘IRA’ so we believe it was one of the dissident groups in the city,” he said.

CS Cargin praised the actions of the bus driver and said she was left traumatised by the incident.

“The driver was extremely brave to drive to a safe place. As you can imagine she was extremely traumatised and distressed by what happened,” he added.

He also said the attack risked the lives of hundreds of people.

“These are crude homemade devices and it was placed on a bus in Ballymagroarty, a built up area, and the route to Strand Road is along a busy built up area. It was a small pipe bomb type device but they can cause injury and death.

“The only place for the people responsible for this is behind bars,” he said.