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Petrol bomb forces Derry evacuation

Ten families were evacuated from their homes in the Shantallow area of Londonderry yesterday following an overnight petrol bombing.

Army Technical Officers were tasked to the scene amid fears an explosive device had been used to ignite a car parked outside the homes at Menaleck Walk. The move comes a week after a pipe-bomb exploded outside a car wash across the street.

It has also emerged that four men fled the area earlier this week after being issued with death threats. Republican Action Against Drugs have been blamed for the threats.

Police said they received reports of a car on fire at around 12am yesterday.

On arrival it was discovered a petrol bomb had been thrown the vehicle, resulting in the families being cleared out at around 1.30am. The residents were allowed to return to their homes two hours later once the area was declared safe.

Earlier three masked men were seen near the car.

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