Belfast Telegraph

Homes evacuated after viable device discovered in Londonderry

Homes in Londonderry were evacuated on Monday evening following the discovery of viable devices.

Police have confirmed that two viable pipe bomb-type devices were recovered during a security alert at Montgomery Close off of the Rossdowney Road in the Waterside area of the city.

The discovery of the devices resulted in the Rossdowney Road being closed to traffic for a period of time.

Inspector Jonny Hunter said: “Police responded to a report of two suspicious objects in the Montgomery Close area at around 1.30pm. 

"An operation was immediately put in place to secure the area, with a section of the Rossdowney Road closed for a number of hours to ensure the safety of the public whilst enquiries were conducted.

PSNI Ammunition Technical Officers - who are responsible for bomb disposal - attended the scene and removed objects for further examination.

"The safety of the community is of paramount importance and we will not take any risks, however, I want to thank the local community for their patience and understanding during this operation as we worked to bring it to a conclusion," Inspector Hunter added.

"I am aware how frustrating this incident has been, and the inconvenience and disruption it has caused to the local community who have had their lives disrupted, including a number of residents who were evacuated from their homes.

"Thankfully, no one was injured because of the reckless actions of criminals who showed absolutely no regard for the community by placing two potentially deadly devices in a built-up area.

"Anyone with information about this incident, or who saw any suspicious activity in the Montgomery Close area in recent days, is asked to contact detectives at Strand Road Criminal Investigation Branch on the non emergency number 101, quoting reference 629 of 13/11/17, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

DUP MLA Gary Middleton said the discovery of the devices "will be of concern to everyone in the community".

Mr Middleton said: "These devices were designed to cause death or serious injury and were left in an area with many young children who were due to arrive home from school during time the security alert was ongoing.

"This follow the discovery of another pipe-bomb type device on Sunday in Omagh and it is vital that every effort is made to stop those who want to bring violence into our streets again."

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