Derry officer's parents targeted by bomb

Published Monday, 16 April 2012
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The elderly parents of a serving PSNI officer are believed to have been the target of a viable under-car bomb attack in Londonderry on Sunday night.

Derry officer's parents targeted by bomb
Dissident republicans are being blamed for the planting of the explosive device (© UTV)

Dissident republicans are being blamed for the planting of an explosive device under a car which was parked outside the couple's home in the Drumleck Drive area of Shantallow.

The bomb squad was called to the scene shortly after 11pm and residents were evacuated while the device was made safe and taken away for further examination.

"It's a cowardly attack - absolute insanity, reckless in the extreme," PSNI Superintendent Chris Yates said.

"That device when it exploded could have caught anyone up in the blast and seriously injured them."

It's not the first time the family has been targeted, as a pipe bomb exploded outside their home two years ago.

Local SDLP councillor Shaun Gallagher has said those responsible are an "absolute disgrace".

"They left the device in a built-up area. Terrace houses, up beside the chapel - a very popular area with a lot of people about," he added.

"They don't give one toot about the people that they're claiming to be representing."

Residents have since been allowed back in their homes, but investigations into the bomb attack are continuing.

Policing Board Chair Brian Rea has condemned those responsible for planting the bomb.

"The sense of community outrage shows that those responsible for leaving this device are completely out of touch with the community majority," he said.

"We are thankful that the device was found in time, but our thoughts are with the officer's family and the people living close by who have been subjected to a most terrifying incident."

On Easter Monday, a masked spokesman for the organisation Óglaigh na hÉireann addressed a rally at Derry's Creggan cemetery and warned that attacks against "Crown forces and British interests" would continue.

© UTV News
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lorna in limavady wrote (925 days ago):
What has changed ? 21 years ago this month an RUC officer was murdered the very same way. Evil still stalks the streets using every opportunity to take life. they were heros to some but there are still cowards to me. the only bravery is seen in our police force not allowing the terrorist to stop them in doing their duty
Marty in Singapore wrote (926 days ago):
Derry needs to come out in support of this family. Dont let these scum bags win. This is the type of Catholic the psni needs. One day we will have a catholic CC from cregan or shantallow. As a republican to the core I say stand strong agains these cowards who hide in the dark.
Frosty in Here wrote (927 days ago):
Am glad it didn't go off and that no-one was injured and I hope that those responsible are caught but, out of interest, how was the device discovered under a car at 11 at night? And has Óglaigh na hÉireann or anyone else claimed responsibility yet, or did they phone in a warning? Not that I in anyway condone their actions, death is no way to achieve peace.
Peter in derry wrote (927 days ago):
I think bobby sands himself would be turning in his graves at cowardly acts like this. Why dont these people (in body only) just go away and let society get on with life.
disgusted in ards wrote (927 days ago):
what brave men attacking the elderly parents of a policeman?do they think that this attack will help the people of ireland?lets be honest a cowardly attack on decent people by the scum of the earth.
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