Security alert in Londonderry ends as under-car bomb confirmed

The scene at Ardanlee, in the Culmore area of the city, on Wednesday. (Pacemaker)
The scene at Ardanlee, in the Culmore area of the city, on Wednesday. (Pacemaker)

Detectives investigating the attempted murder of a police officer in Londonderry yesterday are appealing for information about the attack.

The security alert has now ended and residents who have been evacuated since yesterday morning are now able to return to their homes.

Detective Chief Inspector Michael Harvey said: “The investigation is still at an early stage but I can confirm that the device was an Under Vehicle Improvised Explosive Device (UVIED). These are designed to kill and seriously injure people so I want to be absolutely clear that this device would have had devastating consequences if it had exploded with our colleague and his family in the car.

“The violent dissident republicans who carried out this attack intended to kill him. They didn’t care that his children or partner could also have been in the vehicle with him.

“He is not just a police officer in a uniform – he is also a father, a brother and a devoted family man who puts on his uniform every day to serve the local community that he is a part of.

“It was extremely lucky that no-one was hurt and reinforces the fact that this small group of people have no regard for the safety of the local community or indeed the wishes of the vast majority of local people who want to live in a safe and peaceful society.”

“I would like to thank residents living in Ardanlee and all those affected by the security alert for their patience and understanding while we carried out our work.”

Detectives are also appealing for information about attack: “The investigation is progressing and I would like to hear from anyone who saw any unusual vehicles or people acting suspiciously in the Ardanlee area between 5pm on Tuesday and 7am on Wednesday,” added DCI Harvey.

Anyone with information should contact detectives at Strand Road on 101 or phone Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you wish to provide details anonymously.