A PIPE-BOMB attack in the Waterside area of Derry this week is suspected to be a “sectarian hate crime”.
PSNI detectives are investigating after a pipe bomb-type device exploded in the Waterside area on Tuesday 3 September.
At around 10.50pm, a loud bang was reported in Bonds Place. Police and Army Technical Officers (ATO) attended the scene, and a number of homes in the area were evacuated as a public safety operation was carried out.
Police believe it was a pipe bomb-type device. Speaking yesterday, Detective Inspector Jack said: "Our officers remain at the scene this morning as we continue with our enquiries into this reckless act. We are following a number of lines of enquiry, including that this was a sectarian hate crime.
"While damage was caused to a property, thankfully, no one in the property at the time was injured.
“However, what occurred in the Bonds Place area last night could have had extremely serious consequences and we could have been dealing with serious injury, or worse today.
"I want to take this opportunity to appeal to anyone who was in the area last night around 10:45pm-10:50pm and saw any suspicious activity, or has information which may assist our investigation, to contact detectives at Strand Road on 101, quoting reference number 2093 of 03/09/19.”
“Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”
Sinn Féin Waterside Councillor Christopher Jackson said that while it is not yet known who was responsible for leaving the device, “what is known is that it could have caused serious injury to anyone in the vicinity.
“I am making it clear to those responsible for leaving this device that the community in the Waterside does not want this and those behind such incidents need to stop.”
Meanwhile, Alliance Councillors Rachael Ferguson and Philip McKinney have called for an end to all violence in Derry.
Councillors Ferguson and McKinney said: “Over the last 24 hours we have seen acts of violence in our city which could have led to the loss of life or serious injury.
“We have had an explosive device thrown at a house in Bonds Place and an attack on a house in Glendale Road, where shots were heard. Clearly there are people who want to bring us back to the dark days, but the majority of people in our community reject violence and want this violence to stop immediately.”
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