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Two held over race hate bomb attacks in Derry

By Chris Kilpatrick

Two men were arrested in connection with racially motivated pipe-bomb attacks on the homes of two families in Londonderry.

Nine people – including a child – escaped injury after the devices exploded at their properties.

Police yesterday revealed the bombs were packed with nails.

Those targeted had moved to Northern Ireland from Romania.

Police are treating the incidents in the Waterside area in the early hours of Saturday as hate crimes.

Two men, aged 40 and 32, were arrested and taken to Antrim Serious Crime Suite for questioning.

PSNI Chief Superintendent Jon Burrows said the devices contained nails.

He added: "My officers are working to bring those responsible to justice and to support and comfort the families.

"Putting nails into pipe-bombs is a sinister development and we are treating this as a hate crime.

"Nails are put there for one reason only, and that is to inflict serious injury."

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