Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Real IRA attack policeman's family

A device exploded today outside the home of relatives of a policeman in Northern Ireland.

The Real IRA claimed responsibility after the suspected bomb ignited outside the policeman's parents' home in Shantallow, Londonderry, early this morning.

A car was damaged but there were no injuries, police said.

A second device is being examined outside the policeman's sister's home in Kylemore Park.

The explosion happened in the Drumleck Drive area of Shantallow at around 1.30am.

Several people were forced to leave their homes after the device in Kylemore Park was discovered at around 7.30am.

Separately, a man was shot in the legs and hand today in a paramilitary-style attack.

It was the latest in a series of such attacks in Londonderry, believed to have been carried out by dissident republicans trying to gain control over nationalist areas.

The victim was hit a number of times in both legs and the left hand and is in a stable condition in hospital after treatment.

Police said a number of men forced their way into a house in the Ballymagroarty area of Derry shortly after 1.30am and shot the man.

Detectives appealed for anyone with information to contact them.

It was the latest in a growing number of paramilitary-style attacks in Derry and nationalist areas of other towns for which dissident republicans are believed to have been responsible in recent weeks.

Sinn Fein Assembly member Raymond McCartney condemned the attacks.

"This family is a part of our community and I would call on the community to show solidarity with them at this time," he said.

"While most people are working to build a peaceful and democratic future, it would seem that a minuscule and unrepresentative group think that by carrying out cowardly actions based on spurious excuses, they will frustrate continued progress.

"They will not succeed and should stop their activity before it leads to the killing of more innocent people."

The Real IRA claimed responsibility for all the attacks.

Nationalist SDLP leader and MP Mark Durkan said: "These are cowardly and sinister attempts not only to unnerve a young officer and his family but to intimidate the entire community.

"These actions have to be condemned and stand in stark contrast to the noble service of the young PSNI (Police Service of Northern Ireland) officers and recruits who have chosen to serve the public.

"Those responsible must realise that they will not succeed. The policing service which we now have has been mandated by the Irish people, north and south, in the Good Friday Agreement.

"Those who serve in its ranks are carrying out a patriotic duty which has the endorsement of the overwhelming number of citizens in Derry and the country."

He said the community and the country will remain resolute despite increased disruption and threats from dissident elements over recent weeks.

"Their efforts will not undo the progress that has been made," he added.

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