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Friday, January 20, 2012

Security tight after two bombs explode in Londonderry on Thursday Night

Police in Londonderry believe dissident republicans were responsible for two bomb attacks on Thursday night.

The bombs exploded at the tourist centre on Foyle Street and on Strand Road, close to the DHSS office, within 10 minutes of each other.

Homes and businesses in the city were evacuated and no-one was injured.

The PSNI District Commander, Superintendent Stephen Martin, blamed dissident republican groups for the attacks.

"There's no doubt the principal line of inquiry will be one of the republican groups - probably either the real IRA or Oglaigh na hEireann. I would be surprised if it wasn't one of those," he said.

"There is a severe threat in Northern Ireland, which means an incident like this can happen at any time and without warning. We are always prepared for this type of thing.

"CCTV will be a key line of inquiry."

Supt Martin also described the attacks as "cowardly and callous". Read More