Two ‘viable’ pipe bombs discovered after security alert in Derry
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Two ‘viable’ pipe bombs discovered after security alert in Derry

POLICE have confirmed that two viable pipe bombs were found following a security alert in Derry City.

A number of homes were evacuated yesterday afternoon after armed PSNI Ammunition Technical Officers were called to Rossdowney Road in the Waterside district.

In a statement, PSNI Inspector Jonny Hunter confirmed that police discovered two explosive devices in the security alert.

"Ammunition Technical Officers were tasked to the scene and the objects have since been declared viable and taken away for further forensic examination,” he said.

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The incident resulted in the closure of the Rossdowney Road for several hours.

Mr Hunter added: "Thankfully, no one was injured because of the reckless actions of criminals who showed absolutely no regard for the community by placing two potentially deadly devices in a built-up area."

The PSNI are urging the Northern Irish public to remain vigilant, and steer well clear of suspicious devices.

They are advising that people phone the police rather than approach suspect objects.

The devices from yesterday's incident are currently being investigated, the PSNI said.