Pipe bombs force families to flee homes in Dungiven
Three Northern Ireland families, including an elderly couple, were evacuated from their homes while police dealt with two pipe bombs left in Dungiven.
The grim discovery was made by the PSNI on Thursday at around 1pm, and while controlled explosions were carried out yesterday morning, the area remained sealed off until around 5pm.
PSNI Superintendent Jeremy Lindsay apologised for the inconvenience caused by the security operation.
And local political representatives had harsh words for those responsible for the bombs.
SDLP MLA John Dallat said: "Those behind these alerts have nothing to offer the people of Dungiven or East Derry. While the rest of us are trying to create the conditions for investment in communities like this, these individuals are hell-bent on dragging us back to hurt and heartbreak.
"I would encourage local people to give any information they can about this incident to the police. I want to see Dungiven operate as a thriving community that people want to live, work and raise a family in. We must all resist those who are trying to wreck that."
TUV councillor Boyd Douglas, who lives in the area, said he found it "hard to fathom" the mindset of anyone who would leave a bomb in the middle of a community, describing the action as "clearly sinister".
"People from both communities live around the Dungiven area and have been badly disrupted, but I hope that people heed the appeal from the police and hand any information they may have over to them," he said.
"Whoever left these two bombs behind have no consideration for the people who are trying to go about their daily business and nothing positive or constructive to offer the rest of us in society."
Sinn Fein councillor Sean McGlinchey said: "There is no obvious motive why anyone would do this but, no matter, there is no excuse or acceptable reason. Dungiven people once again have been badly disrupted, families put out of their homes - it is not good enough."
Superintendent Lindsay said: "We are thankful for the co-operation and patience of the people of Dungiven. 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 and I thank them for their patience and understanding.
"As our investigation progresses I would ask anyone with information, or who may have noticed any suspicious or unusual activity in the Derrychrier or Feeny Road areas of the town in recent days, to please get in touch."