Police in Derry have revealed they have carried out a controlled explosion on a suspicious object in the Mimosa Court area of the Waterside.
A security alert has been ongoing since the discovery of the object in the early hours of this morning.
Army technical officers have attended the scene and carried out a controlled explosion.
A number of homes in the area have been evacuated. The YMCA centre in Drumahoe has been made available for residents evacuated.
Sinn Féin Waterside Councillor Bridget Meehan said those behind the bomb alert are not wanted by the community.
Councillor Meehan said:
“Whoever was behind this incident should explain to local residents what they have achieved by forcing families from their homes.
“The people of this area want to get on with their lives and trying to improve the future for their children without elements causing distress and inconvenience.”
SDLP MLA for Foyle Pat Ramsey has condemned those involved in leaving the suspect device.
Mr. Ramsey said: “Whoever this device was aimed at, those responsible have attacked the whole community.
“The SDLP condemns this attack and I call on those who have planted this device to stop immediately”.