Bomb found under PSNI officer's car in Derry

NewsBy Jamie McDowell
Bomb found under PSNI officer's car in Derry

A bomb has been found under the car of a PSNI officer near Derry.

15 houses in Glenrandel in Eglinton had to be evacuated after the device was discovered just before 3am this morning.

Army bomb experts were sent to the scene.

Superintendent Mark McEwan said that the bomb was a "stark reminder" of the threat against PSNI officers.

The road is currently closed.

He confirmed that the bomb was an 'under vehicle improvised explosive device' capable of causing death and or serious injury.

In a full statement, he said: "This device had the potential to harm not only the officer but anyone in that residential area and those involved have shown a blatant disregard for human life.

"This is yet another example of the cowardly elements in our society who show no regard for the safety of local residents and the police officers who serve their community.

“We are obviously very thankful that this attack was thwarted and that no one was injured here this morning but this is a stark reminder that the threat against our Police Service and its employees remains at severe.

“Clearly there are people out there in today’s society who are still intent on causing murder and mayhem. These criminal elements are not welcome in our society and I am appealing to the local community for their assistance in driving this small minority from our streets and bringing them before the courts.

“Glenrandel remains closed to traffic and residents and approximately 15 houses had to be evacuated during the early hours.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank the local residents for their patience and co-operation and assure them that we are taking every sensible step to keep them safe and minimise any further impact on them.

“The investigation is at an early stage and we would appeal for anyone who may have been in this area around 2.45am this morning or in recent days who may have witnessed anything untoward or noticed any persons acting in a suspicious manner.

“We are also appealing for anyone who may have witnessed any vehicles seen leaving the area at speed shortly after 2.45am to contact us. Anyone with information should contact detectives at Strand Road on 101 or alternatively contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

DUP MLA Gary Middleton pointed the finger at dissident republicans for the attempted attack.

He said: "I condemn those who carried out this terrorism act and hope that they will be brought to justice.

"This is a tight-knit, settled community and people here are left completely shocked and disgusted by this act."

Foyle MP Mark Durkan said: "These people are capable of using a viable device, but they don't actually have a viable political strategy, no coherent message and it is not what the community want.

"Let's be very clear about the support and sympathy and solidarity that we are offering to the police officer concerned."