Military backing for police during Londonderry search operation

A heavy PSNI presence in Derry's Ederowen Park on Wednesday morning during searches.
A heavy PSNI presence in Derry's Ederowen Park on Wednesday morning during searches.

Military personnel were deployed during searches in Londonderry on Wednesday due to their specialist “high risk” capabilities, a senior police officer has said.

The PSNI operation in the Galliagh area was directed at dissident republicans.

Chief Inspector Tony Callaghan said: “Searches carried out in connection with the investigation of serious crime in Londonderry have concluded.

“There were no arrests; however a number of items were taken away for further examination.

“Due to the suspected presence of munitions or explosives, military specialists were deployed in support of police.”

C/Inspector Callaghan added: “The role of these military personnel is to search for munitions and explosive devices which, if located, will then be dealt with by the army bomb disposal officer. The military used are specifically trained in this type of high risk search, thus ensuring that such searches are conducted in as safe a manner as possible.”