Police say bin blast the work of dissidents

The destroyed bin on Skeoge Road in Londonderry is approached by a bomb disposal robot
The destroyed bin on Skeoge Road in Londonderry is approached by a bomb disposal robot

A roadside explosion in a waste bin in Londonderry has been condemned as the work of “faceless thugs and cowards”.

Police last night said that the explosion was a suspected dissident republican bomb.

Officers received a report of a loud bang on the Skeoge Road at around 11.45pm on Tuesday and arrived to find the bin mangled out of shape.

No one was injured in the blast.

Army Technical Officers were called to the scene and last night confirmed a bomb detonated.

The site of the explosion is close to the Foyle bridge on the nationalist side of the river.

PSNI District Commander Superintendent Mark McEwan said: “It was fortunate no one was killed or seriously injured in this indiscriminate attack.”

Skeoge Road, one of the main routes from Londonderry into Co Donegal, was closed most of the day due to the security alert.

Gary Middleton, DUP MLA for Foyle, said: “Whoever did this was reckless. I’d like whoever was responsible to take a look at themselves and realise that the majority of people want to move on.”

The UUP’s Ross Hussey, MLA for West Tyrone and a member of the Policing Board, said: “Once again local people and the security forces have had their personal safety put at risk by faceless thugs and cowards as the result of an indiscriminate attack.”