An explosion has caused extensive damage to a Derry hotel.

Police said a man threw a device into the reception area of the Everglades Hotel at 11.15pm last night.

The hotel was evacuated and a bomb disposal team was sent to the hotel.

However, police said that while they were working on the device it exploded.

It's understood that no one was injured as a result of the explosion.

However, it is clear from the scene this morning that extensive damage has been caused to the reception area.

A PSNI spokesperson this morning praised the quick actions of the hotel staff in evacuating the building and raising the alarm.

Police and fire crews remain at the scene.

However, the main Derry to Strabane road which runs past the Everglades Hotel is open.

The bomb attack is an obvious massive blow to Derry's tourism industry.

At this stage, it is not known how many people were staying in the Everglades last night.

Sinn Fein councillor for the area, Paul Fleming, condemned the attack.

“This must have been a very frightening experience for staff, guests and local residents caught up in this incident," he said.

"It serves no purpose and those responsible need to come forward and explain to the people of Derry what the point of all this is.

"I would call upon anyone involved in this type of activity to desist; they have no strategy and are going against the will of the vast majority of the people of  this city who have indicated that they want to move forward without these type of actions.

"The people of Derry do not want this happening in their name."

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