‘No support’ for bombers in Creggan

Inspector John Burrows. (0904PG01)
Inspector John Burrows. (0904PG01)

The Creggan community has no support for the bombers who attempted to kill police in the estate on Saturday, a local councillor has said.

Police and members of the public escaped injury when an explosive device was thrown at a PSNI vehicle in Rathmore Park shortly before 5pm. The device exploded causing significant blast damage to the vehicle. Detectives are now treating the attack as attempted murder.

Immediately following the attack, a gang of youths threw stones at the officers who were in the area to carry out a search operation into serious crime.

In a statement issued yesterday, vigilante gang Republican Action Against Drugs claimed it was responsible for the attack.

Sinn Féin Deputy Mayor of Derry, Kevin Campbell said those behind the bombing in Creggan “need to realise that the community does not want these attacks to occur.”

He added: “They need to stop. This was detonated in a built up area and could have caused serious injury to anyone in the vicinity of the blast at the time. I am making it clear to those responsible that the people of Derry do not want this and those behind it need to stop and need to consider their actions.”

He said that bombers had shown “no regard” for the Creggan community in detonating the device.

PSNI Inspector Jon Burrows said the attack could easily have killed.

“Those who carried out this attack have shown callous disregard for the safety of the local community and my officers. It is only by sheer good fortune that we do not have a fatality on our hands as this attack occurred in a built up residential area. My officers should be allowed to carry out their duties without the added pressure of misguided individuals intent on causing them harm.

“Anyone who has any information about this incident should contact police at Strand Road on 0845 600 8000. Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”