Belfast Telegraph

Viable pipe bomb discovered in Londonderry's Waterside

A number of homes had to be evacuated in Derry on Tuesday night after the discovery of a viable pipe bomb.

At around 11.15pm police received a report of a loud bang outside a house in Bann Drive in the Waterside area. 

Police attended and discovered the remnants of a suspected pipe bomb at the property. 

A number of homes were evacuated for a period of time while Army Technical Officers examined the object and confirmed it was a viable pipe bomb type device. 

A man and woman who were in the house at the time were not injured during the incident.

Local Sinn Fein Councillor Christopher Jackson condemned those behind the alert.

"Those responsible for this disruption have shown complete disregard for the people of the Waterside," he said.

"Attacks such as this must be condemned in the strongest possible terms.

"There can be no justification for this type of activity and I would appeal to anyone with information to contact the police."

Detectives are working to establish a motive for the attack and are appealing for anyone who was in the area of Bann Drive last night and who witnessed the incident or anyone who has any information that can assist with the investigation to contact detectives in Strand Road Police Station on 101 quoting reference 1461 17/07/18. 

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