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Probe after 'viable explosive device' found in Co Londonderry

Published 25/11/2015

A controlled explosion was carried out, police said
A controlled explosion was carried out, police said

A viable explosive device has been found during a security alert in Northern Ireland.

The device was discovered in the village of Feeny, Co Londonderry. Bomb disposal experts later declared it viable after carrying out a controlled explosion.

Dissident republicans opposed to the peace process will be suspected.

Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) superintendent John Magill said: "This is the second security alert in the area since mid-November. Again, we have had road closures and disruption caused to a rural community.

"People are trying to go about their day-to-day lives. They are trying to get children to school, visit elderly relatives and go about their working week. The last thing people need is the recklessness and disruption created by these incidents.

"We have had officers in the area since yesterday evening (November 24). These officers have worked hard to keep people safe during the security alert.

"However, these same officers could have been better used in meeting areas of community concern during the past 21 hours. Arresting drug dealers, drink-drivers or working with victims of domestic abuse, for example.

"The blame for this incident lies squarely on the reckless individuals who placed the device. My message for them is simple; give the community a break."

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