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Derry explosive device: 'Reckless thugs' condemned after IED found at social housing site

Published 09/07/2016

A 48-year-old man was arrested following the search of a house in the Creggan area of Derry
A 48-year-old man was arrested following the search of a house in the Creggan area of Derry

Police investigating violent dissident republican activity have recovered an explosive device after carrying out searches in the Londonderry area.

Detective Inspector Adrian Brown said: "A 48-year-old man was arrested following the search of a house in the Creggan area on Friday night and taken into custody, where he remains, assisting us with our enquiries.

"Further searches took place on Saturday morning in the Creggan and Galliagh areas where a viable improvised explosive device and various other component parts were recovered at a location in Galliagh.

"These items were made safe at the scene and have been taken away for further forensic examination."

The man was released unconditionally on Sunday.

Man arrested over violent dissident activity has been released unconditionally  

SDLP Derry councillor Brian Tierney has condemned those behind the device.

Councillor Tierney said: "Those behind the viable device discovered at a local social housing site are reckless thugs who could have caused chaos here.

"As this city comes together to celebrate the the arrival of the clipper crews, there’s no place for those who seek to divide us with the violence of the past. This is a city on the rise and we will not be dragged back.

"The community here will reject those who seek to cause chaos and destruction."

Detective Inspector Brown added: "I would appeal to anyone with any information that could assist us in combating violent dissident republican activity to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

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