Explosive device lay for five weeks - claim

Sinn Fein Colr. Brenda Chivers at the scene of the security alert in Drumsurn last week.
Sinn Fein Colr. Brenda Chivers at the scene of the security alert in Drumsurn last week.

The republican group known as Oglaigh na h’Eireann, which was behind the security alert in Drumsurn, said they had left an explosive device in the area five weeks ago.

An anonymous telephone call passed on to police at 2am on November 11 claimed that a device had been left in the area.

A statement submitted to the “Derry Journal” on Friday, from the North Derry and Derry Brigade of Oglaigh na h’Eireann, claimed responsibility, stating an improvised explosive device (IED) had been left in the Drumsurn area of Limavady five weeks ago, and had been ignored by the ‘RUC/PSNI until recently, despite previous warnings.

The group claimed that while its primary objective was taking action against the British occupation, it would continue to protect the local community from drug dealers and criminal elements no matter what these “false republicans” are getting paid for your safety.

A controlled explosion was carried out on the device, which police said was viable. It is understood it was hidden inside a pipe lying on the Legavallon Road.

Sinn Fein Colr. Brenda Chivers said it was a worrying development.

“It’s very scary because this is an area used by the local gun club and anyone could have lifted it. Serious questions have to be asked and as a member of the Policing and Community Safety Partnership I will be doing that,” said Colr. Chivers.

Colr. Chivers said the alert “only inconvenienced residents of this area”.

“The local bar was been closed for the days when the alert was ongoing and it’s hard enough to make a living in business these days. Roads were closed and families had to be evacuated from their homes. Drumsurn is a very quiet area and we don’t want to be in the headlines for this,” said Colr. Chivers.