RAAD warn estate agents

Republican Action Against Drugs (RAAD) have claimed responsibility for a bomb attack on a house in Muff - close to the Derry/Donegal border - and warned local estate agents not to get involved in the sale of the property.

Shortly after midnight on Monday a device was thrown at a house in the Inishowen town. A man, who was inside the property, was not injured but damage was caused to the kitchen. It’s the second attack on the house in recent months.

In a call to the Derry Journal newsroom a RAAD spokesman claimed responsibility for planting the blast incendiary device at a house.

“The occupant has put his house up for sale but RAAD will not allow him to profit from [it],” he said. “He will remain a target for as long as he lives in Ireland. We also advise all estate agents not to be involved in the sale of the property.”

Derry SDLP councillor Shaun Gallagher said he was disgusted at the attack.

“This was a deliberate attempt to take life,” he said. “These people have no right to take the law into their own hands.

“If there is an issue on the ground the proper authorities should have been alerted and left to deal with it through the courts of law. This is unacceptable.”

Gardai are appealing for information on the incident. Inspector David Murphy said his officers were made aware of the incident at 12.35 on Sunday night. On investigation they discovered that a ‘small device’ had exploded.

“We called in the army’s explosive ordnance people and they are currently examining the device. Our forensics people are also involved. We have been engaged in house-to-house calls in the neighbourhood and we would appeal for anyone with any information to contact us.”