Londonderry pipe bomb attack sectarian hate crime, say police
A pipe bomb attack in Londonderry in which a young woman escaped injury is being treated as a sectarian hate crime.
Shortly after 10.10pm on Saturday, a pipe bomb type device exploded on the windowsill of the woman's home in the Lincoln Court area of the city.
The blast smashed a window of the house but the female resident, aged in her 20s, was not injured.
Army bomb disposal officers attended the scene and five homes had to be evacuated.
Detective Inspector Stewart said: "We are lucky that no-one was injured by this device, or by the window smashing. This is being treated as a sectarian hate crime and I would appeal to anyone with any information about this incident to contact detectives at Strand Road Police Station on the non emergency number 101."
SDLP Waterside councillor Gerard Diver said it was unbelievable that such an attack could happen in 2015.
“I would condemn outright this disgraceful attack on a person living in the Waterside. I understand the police are following a few different lines of enquiry, but what is very clear is that the incident was motivated by hate," he said.
“Sadly we have a history of people being attacked in their homes over the years in this city and district, and it's unbelievable that this type of sinister event can still happen in 2015."
He added: “My complete sympathy is with the victim of this attack who thankfully has escaped physical harm, but who I'm sure has been traumatised by the events. I would appeal for anyone with information to pass it on to the PSNI as a matter of urgency, so that those responsible can be brought to justice.”