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'Reckless' pipe-bomb thugs slammed

A pipe-bomb which exploded in the residential Waterside area of Londonderry could easily have killed a child, a councillor warned.

Residents spent most of yesterday out of their homes after the explosion in the early hours of Friday morning.

The device, left outside a house in Heron Way, exploded shortly after 1am. No-one was at the address at the time and nobody was injured.

Army technical officers were deployed and nearby homes were evacuated.

DUP councillor Gary Middleton said that the pipe-bomb attack was “inexcusable and reckless in the extreme’’.

“Leaving a device in a built-up area where any passerby could have picked it up is ridiculous. That is what could have happened in this incidence and we could have been looking at a fatality here,’’ he said.

Police are appealing for witnesses. Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives at Strand Road police station on 0845 600 8000 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Belfast Telegraph