Derry explosion condemned

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A bomb attack on a car in Derry’s Creggan estate has been condemned.

British Army technical officers (ATO) have removed a number of items from the scene for examination following the explosion at Carrickreagh Gardens at around 10.40pm last night (March 26).

A car was badly damaged in the incident but no-one was injured. Residents were evacuated from their homes for around six hours

“Carrickreagh Gardens was closed and a number of residents evacuated from their homes while ATO examined the scene,” a PSNI spokesman said.

“ATO confirmed that a viable explosive device had detonated inside a car parked in the area. A number of items have been taken away for further examination. Damage was caused to the car as a result of the explosion. There were no reports of any injuries in the incident. The incident ended around 5.10am and residents were allowed to return to their homes.”

SDLP MLA Pat Ramsey said he believed dissident republicans were behind “the reckless attack.”

Mr Ramsey said the bomb could have killed.

“This car was parked adjacent to the front door in a hugely built-up area, and could have killed. While there may have been a target last night, the victims were the neighbours whose lives were disrupted when they were forced out of their homes.

“People in the area are telling me that because of continuing difficulties in the Creggan area they are actually considering moving on. There is no place for these paramilitary-style attacks in society, and such attacks by dissident republicans are not done in the name of anyone.

“The ballot box has clearly shown people want politics to be on the road to peace, but this attack last night could have seriously injured someone or worse, left someone dead.

“The SDLP are working to create a better future for everyone and, this city, particularly the Creggan area, will not be used as a dumping ground for paramilitary attacks.”

Sinn Fein Councillor Kevin Campbell said someone had thrown an explosive device into the car.

“While it is not yet known what group may have been responsible for leaving this device, what is known is that this action happened in a built-up area,” he said.

“I would call upon anyone involved in this type of activity to desist. They are going against the will of the vast majority of the people of Creggan who have indicated time and time again that they want to move forward without these types of incidents happening in their community.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact PSNI on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111