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Viable devices thrown at police in Derry being treated as attempted murder

An attack in Londonderry in which two viable devices were thrown at police on the city's walls is being treated as attempted murder.

The incident took place around 3.40am on Thursday with police describing the devices as "crude but viable".  

The latest attack on police comes after days of disorder in Derry with a number of attacks on police and the Fountain area, which has a majority Protestant population.

On Tuesday, a Housing Executive van was hijacked at gunpoint and burned in the Bogside area.

“We immediately put an operation into place to secure the area and keep people safe," Superintendent Gordon McCalmont said.

“The devices were examined by ATO and declared to be crude but viable. They were made safe and taken away for further examination. No residents were evacuated and no roads were closed.

“This was a reckless act and those responsible have shown a blatant disregard for life."

No police officers were injured in the attack.

“Our officers are working hard to keep people safe and there can be no justification whatsoever for this. Thankfully, no one was injured, however, had these devices exploded we could have been looking at something very different today," Superintendent McCalmont said.

“This is the second bid this week to murder police officers in the city.

“On Tuesday night, shots were fired at police officers deployed on our city’s Walls.

“Fortunately on Tuesday night, and early this morning, none of our officers were injured."

Superintendent McCalmont repeated the call for community leaders to assist police in the area.

“Police officers should not be targeted under any circumstances and their lives should not be put in danger by simply doing their jobs, keeping people safe," he said.

“I am appealing to those with influence in the area to continue to assist us in trying to bring this unnecessary and unwanted violence to an end.

“This isn’t wanted by the community and those involved are urged to cease this activity immediately.

“Anyone with information is asked to contact us on 101.

“Alternatively, information can also be provided to the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111, which is 100% anonymous.”

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