Derry PSNI say pipe bomb attack was a “sectarian hate crime”

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A pipe bomb attack in the Waterside area of Derry is being treated by police as a sectarian hate crime.

The device exploded on the windowsill of a house in Lincoln Court at 10 past 10 last night, smashing the window. A woman in her 20s who lives in the house was unhurt.

Army bomb disposal officers were then called to the scene and five homes were evacuated for a time

In a statement, the PSNI sais today it is lucky that no-one was injured by this device, or by the window smashing. Anyone with information is being urged to contact the PSNI.

Waterside councillor Gerard Diver spoke to Highland Radio News from the scene earlier today - He said it's an incident which must be condemned............

PSNI statement in full -

 

Detectives are appealing for information following an explosion that occurred in the Lincoln Court area of Derry on the evening of Saturday 3 October.

Just after 10.10pm, it is believed that a pipe bomb type device was placed on the window sill of a house when it exploded, smashing the window. The female resident, a woman aged in her 20s, was not injured in the incident.

ATO were tasked to the scene and 5 homes were evacuated for a time.

Detective Inspector Stewart said: "We are lucky that no-one was injured by this device, or by the window smashing. This is being treated as a sectarian hate crime and I would appeal to anyone with any information about this incident to contact detectives at Strand Road Police Station on the non emergency number 101. Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111."