Derry bombers ‘have nothing to offer’ - DPP

Limavady District Policing Partnership (DPP) has joined in the condemnation of the two bomb attacks on Thursday evening, in Derry.

The bombs exploded at the tourist centre on Foyle Street and on Strand Road, close to the DHSS office, within 10 minutes of each other.

Homes and businesses in the city were evacuated and no-one was injured.

The PSNI District Commander, Supt Stephen Martin, blamed dissident republican groups for the attacks.

“There’s no doubt the principal line of inquiry will be one of the republican groups - probably either the real IRA or Oglaigh na hEireann. I would be surprised if it wasn’t one of those,” he said. “They’re not very large devices and as I understand the damage to the tourist information centre is not insignificant. There’s a lot of window damage and doors have been blown in. There’s also internal damage. These people are small in number, in terms of support and weaponry. Whilst they are small, they pose a severe threat. I think the policing response has been very good. Our commitment is to continue to work really hard.”

Limavady DPP chairperson, Edwin Stevenson, said: “The District Policing Partnership utterly condemns these attacks; there is no place in our society for anyone who carries them out. Those bombs were designed to kill and maim and it is a miracle that no-one was either seriously injured or killed.

“The individuals responsible have nothing to offer anyone. They have no support from our communities or any of the political parties. These incidents will not, and cannot derail the progress that continues to be made both politically and relating to policing.

“I on behalf of the DPP call on everyone to be vigilant. If anyone has any information about these serious incidents please report it either directly to the Police or through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”