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Police targeted with petrol bombs in Londonderry searches

Young people involved in the disorder in Derry’s Creggan estate sustained burns during the violence.

(Aoife Moore/PA)
(Aoife Moore/PA)

By David Young and Aoife Moore, PA

Police have been attacked with petrol bombs and missiles as they carried out searches targeting dissident republicans in Londonderry.

Young people involved in the disorder in Derry’s Creggan estate sustained burns during the violence.

Officers investigating the activities of the New IRA were attacked as they attended a security alert prompted by the discovery of a suspicious object in the area.

Police searches were launched after a mortar bomb was recovered in Strabane, Co Tyrone, on Saturday. The mortar, positioned close to a family home, was aimed at the town’s police station.

Around 15 homes were evacuated in the Creggan Heights area on Monday as police searching for bomb-making materials identified the suspicious object.

Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton said: “This is a complex operation which is expected to continue throughout the night and we have advised those residents who have left their homes to make alternative arrangements.

“We recognise the upheaval this has caused and we are grateful for their co-operation and understanding.

“The focus of this operation is ensuring the people of Creggan are safe, however it is concerning to see significant numbers of young people on the streets, late into the night, throwing petrol bombs and other missiles at officers in the area.

“The reality is this type of disorder contributes to the complexity of the policing operation and presents a real risk of injury to those involved.

“Already we have seen two incidents this evening where young people have sustained burn injuries as result of engaging in disorder.

“I would reiterate our appeal for those young people to return home and remove themselves from the situation.

“We are grateful for the support of community representatives in helping to reduce tensions and providing space for officers to carry out the necessary work to ensure this object does not present a risk to the people of Creggan.”

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