Bomb found in Northern Ireland 'to be used to attack police'

Joanna Estrada
September 11, 2019

Police have blamed the New IRA for the bomb and said it was created to kill police officers and also could have killed anyone else in the vicinty.

Up to 80 police officers took part in a security search in Creggan targeting dissident republican group the New IRA on Monday.

No police officers were injured, however "at least two young people sustained burn injuries when they tried to use petrol bombs to attack the police cordon".

A number of homes were evacuated overnight but families have since returned to their homes.

Police came under attack from petrol bombers who fired over 40 petrol bombs during the large scale operation in the Creggan area of the city yesterday (Monday).

A bomb discovered in a parked vehicle in Northern Ireland was to be used to attack a police patrol, detectives said.

Sinn Fein Assembly member Karen Mullan said: "There is absolutely no justification for the actions which serve no objective other than to put people at risk of serious harm and make the situation worse for local residents trying to get on with their lives, and they should stop now".

It was made safe by Army bomb disposal experts. Young people in this community are being manipulated and are risking their futures as a result.

"Our focus will remain on keeping the community safe against the threat posed by these violent groups and I would strongly urge people to report any suspicions they have about risky and illegal activity in our community".

During the confrontation PSNI called on parents to "come bring their children home" after young people gathered around the police operation.

"We want to thank the community for their patience during this public safety operation".

The vehicle where the Command Wire Initiated Improvised Explosive Device was located, parked in a driveway.

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"It is worrying for me as a police officer and I think it is worrying for communities and that is why now we need to stand very firmly together against this". "A key element is community support while we tackle the threat pose".

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