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Why target us, ask the victims of two pipe-bomb blasts

A Portuguese man whose car was targeted in a pipe-bomb attack says he believes he was the victim of mistaken identity.

The device was thrown through the window of Jose Santos' vehicle in Cromore Gardens in Creggan, Londonderry, on Sunday night. Mr Santos said he had no idea why he had been targeted and said his young children were left “terrified” by the attack.

Around 30 homes were evacuated while Army explosives officers examined the device.

Mr Santos said: “Nobody has anything against me. I have no words to explain why I was targeted. I am not involved,” he said.

“I am completely and totally clean. I have my young children in the house and they were terrified,” he added.

The PSNI said it was still trying to establish a motive for the attack, but suspicion is falling on vigilante group Republican Action Against Drugs.

A police spokesman said no one had yet claimed responsibility for the pipe-bomb attack, but that it bore the hallmarks of previous assaults by “other organisations”.

Police are also investigating a suspected pipe-bomb attack in the Co Tyrone town of Coalisland.

The windows of two houses in Castlehill Terrace were shattered by an explosion at around 3.30am yesterday.

Two cars were also damaged in the blast.

The owner of one of the houses damaged said he had no idea why he had been targeted, as he had lived peacefully in the neighbourhood for more than 20 years.

“I was just sitting in my living room having a drink, just before I went back to bed and the next thing is there was this unmerciful bang,” he told the BBC.

“I was shook up. You don't expect things like that to be happening early in the morning.”

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