Skeoge Road alert ends as PSNI confirm viable device

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The Skeoge Road in Derry has reopened after a security alert.

The road was closed for most of yesterday between Glengalliagh roundabout and the Buncrana Road.

After the alert ended last night, it was confirmed a device had exploded in a rubbish bin shortly before midnight on Tuesday.

 

Police statement -

The local police commander has said those who planted a bomb in Derry last night showed blatant disregard for lives of people in the community.
At around 11.45pm police received reports of a loud bang in the area of Skeoge Road.  Officers attended the area and it appeared something inside a bin had exploded.  Further daylight checks were conducted and ATO were tasked to examine the area. ATO have confirmed that a viable explosive device had detonated in a bin and parts of what are believed to be remnants of the device have been taken away for further examination.
District Commander Superintendent Mark McEwan said: “It was fortunate no one had been killed or seriously injured in this indiscriminate attack.  Those who left this device showed no regard for the safety of anyone in the area.  The device was left in a waste bin and shrapnel from it could have killed or seriously injured anyone close by.”

Superintendent McEwan added: “Those involved in this attack showed a blatant disregard for the local community, as anyone could have approached this bin as it exploded.  This has all the hallmarks of a dissident republican attack.  Police will continue to patrol all areas of the City and I am asking everyone to work with us to reduce the threat that these people pose and to keep people safe.

 

“I am aware of the disruption that has been caused by this device and I appreciate the patience, understanding and most importantly the continued support of the local community as we worked to make the area safe.

 

“We are keen to hear from anyone who noticed any activity in the Skeoge Road area last night or anyone who has any information to contact Detectives in Strand Road Police Station on the non-emergency number 101. Information can also be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”