Bomb explodes in hotel lobby

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A bomb was thrown into the reception area of a hotel late last night in Londonderry.

The device was tossed into the Everglades Hotel by a masked male, and the premises were then evacuated.

The military were tasked to the area in Prehen Road, but as they were working to defuse the device, it exploded.

Fire engulfed the reception area of the hotel, but there were no reports of injuries.

Guests were forced to stay elsewhere that night.

In a statement, police praised the “swift actions of hotel staff and responding police officers in ensuring all guests were quickly evacuated”, adding that their actions had “undoubtedly helped prevent a tragedy”.

SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan said those behind this attack were intent on dragging the city backwards, adding: “The nature of the device, and the manner of this reckless attack, show that they are a threat to anyone and everyone.

“That is why we must be united and strong in rejecting their ways, and affirming peace and progress as our chosen determined collective right.”

An update from police is expected later this morning.

The attack happened at about 11.15pm.

This morning, police reported that a car had been burned out shortly before midnight on the opposite bank of the Foyle.

The red Volkswagen Golf was set on fire outside a house in Glendara, and two hooded males were seen to leave the vehicle.

Asked if this may be linked to the bomb attack at the hotel, police said that “enquiries are continuing”.