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25/09/2021

Police fire plastic bullets after 74 petrol bombs and two explosive devices thrown at officers during overnight trouble in Derry, man arrested for attempted murder

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The PSNI has said attempts to murder police officers in Derry have continued in a sixth consecutive night of disorder. From before 9pm last night disorder broke out in the Bogside area. Two improvised explosive devices were thrown at police officers while 74 petrol bombs were also thrown. Supt Gordon McCalmont said: “I am saddened, disheartened and frustrated that yet again police officers committed to keeping this local community safe have been attacked by a small number of people within it. “It is nothing short of a miracle that officers were not injured. “During this reckless disorder four AEP rounds (baton rounds) were fired by my colleagues and we have arrested three males, aged 18 and 22-years-old and aged approximately 50 years old. “The 22-year-old had been arrested for attempted murder. “While we have seen many young people involved in these attacks over the last number of nights, it is clear that this is being orchestrated by a more sinister, adult, violent dissident republican element. “This cannot continue. This must end now. “I am asking every community leader and every single person with influence to help us stop these attacks on police and the wider community of the city.”

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