Police treat discovery of viable devices in Derry as attempted murder after 5 nights of disorder
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Police treat discovery of viable devices in Derry as attempted murder after 5 nights of disorder

POLICE are treating the discovery of two viable devices believed to have been thrown at police on Derry’s Walls early this morning as attempted murder.

The incident happened following a fifth night of disturbances in the city, with 16 petrol bombs thrown at police at the city’s Walls on Wednesday evening.

Meanwhile debris was set alight in the Lecky flyover area.

The devices, which were discovered at 3.40 this morning, have been examined by army technical officers who declared them crude but viable.

The devices have been made safe and taken away for further examination. No residents were evacuated and no roads were closed.

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PSNI Superintendent Gordon McCalmont said: “This was a reckless act and those responsible have shown a blatant disregard for life.

“Our officers are working hard to keep people safe and there can be no justification whatsoever for this.

“Thankfully, no one was injured, however, had these devices exploded we could have been looking at something very different today.

“This is the second bid this week to murder police officers in the city. On Tuesday night, shots were fired at police officers deployed on our city’s Walls.

“Fortunately on Tuesday night, and early this morning, none of our officers were injured.

“Police officers should not be targeted under any circumstances and their lives should not be put in danger by simply doing their jobs, keeping people safe.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, while information can also be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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