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senseless PSNI vehicles damaged as officers come under attack during Derry security alert

The security alert remains ongoing after a number of suspicious items were discovered

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One of the damaged PSNI cars after the attack

One of the damaged PSNI cars after the attack

One of the damaged PSNI cars after the attack

PSNI vehicles have been attacked during a security alert in the Fahan Street area of Derry city.

Residents had to be evacuated after the alert was sparked yesterday.

They have since been able to return to their homes but the alert remains in place.

Officers came under attack, and several police vehicles were damaged after missiles were thrown at them.

Derry City and Strabane Area Commander, Chief Superintendent Ryan Henderson said: "It is extremely disappointing to have witnessed the scenes of disorder on our streets last night. Our officers have been in the area following the discovery of a number of suspicious items yesterday morning and we have been working to ensure the area is made safe. Scenes like those on our streets last night are senseless.

"Thankfully, we were able to bring the situation under control and restored calm to the area shortly before 11pm.

"I want to thank everyone who has been affected by this incident. I know how disruptive it has been, especially for residents who had to leave their homes.

"Our primary aim throughout the course of this operation is to keep our community safe, and we are working through this situation as quickly as we can. Everyone's safety is our top priority and we will not take any risks with that."

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