Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 2 August 2014

Target baffled by car bomb motive

Homes have been evacuated after an explosion in Carrickreagh Gardens in Londonderry

A man whose parked car was badly damaged during a bombing in Northern Ireland has said he does not think dissident republicans were responsible.

Christopher Tarr was sitting in his house in Carrickreagh Gardens in the Creggan area of Londonderry when he heard the "massive explosion" outside.

No one was injured but homes were evacuated. The road was closed but has since reopened.

Mr Tarr said: "We all think it's something personal but we don't know what.

"I've had no run-ins with dissident republicans or been at anything to give them reason to come after me."

He told the BBC: "I was sitting in the house and there was a massive explosion outside - it was surreal."

Dissidents opposed to the peace process have launched a number of attacks on members of the security forces and have been blamed for lower level crime in Londonderry and across Northern Ireland.

A Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) spokesman said: "ATO (Army technical officers) confirmed that a viable explosive device had detonated inside a car parked in the area.

"A number of items have been taken away for further examination."

Nationalist SDLP Stormont assembly member Pat Ramsey said Wednesday night's attack was reckless.

He warned: "This car was parked adjacent to the front door in a hugely built-up area, and could have killed.

"While there may have been a target last night, the victims were the neighbours whose lives were disrupted when they were forced out of their homes.

"People in the area are telling me that because of continuing difficulties in the Creggan area they are actually considering moving on."

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