Man charged with Strand Road bombing in Derry

A 42-year-old man is due to appear at Derry Magistrates Court this morning charged with placing a bomb outside Strand Road Police Station in the early hours of Tuesday August 3rd.

The man is facing a total of 12 charges, including causing an explosion, possession of explosives, hijacking and false imprisonment. He is also charged with being a member of dissident group Oglaigh na hEireann, which has admitted the attack.

Meanwhile, A 54-year-old man who was arrested on Monday and has had his period of detention extended is still being questioned about the attack.

The bomb, consisting of 200 pounds of home made explosives was stuffed into a hijaxcked taxi and lwft outside the police station.

Police say they were still clearing the area when the device went off. There were no injuries, but while damage to the police station was limited to the exterior wall, a number of local businesses were badly damaged and a clean up operation is continuing.