Derry violence: Explosive device made safe in the Creggan

Petrol bombs thrown at Northern Irish police during operation against New IRA

Petrol bombs thrown at Northern Irish police during operation against New IRA

Specialist search officers and neighbourhood officers took part in the searches in the Creggan estate in Londonderry on Monday morning.

Petrol bombs and missiles were thrown at police during the operation.

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton said: "All I can say is that there seems to be more of a concerted effort by dissident republicans".

A number of homes were evacuated overnight but families have since returned to their homes.

"We recognise the upheaval this has caused and we are grateful for their co-operation and understanding".

The discovery of the bomb led to riots in the area, with youths caught on camera throwing petrol bombs at police vans.

Hamilton described the operation as "complex" as he condemned those indulging in disorder.

"We are grateful for the support of community representatives in helping to reduce tensions and providing space for officers to carry out the necessary work to ensure this object does not present a risk to the people of Creggan".

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"They are building bombs and storing weapons and placing the community at risk", he also said, adding: "Our assessment is that this group is concealing bomb-making materials".

It was made safe by Army bomb disposal experts.

"Our focus will remain on keeping the community safe against the threat posed by these violent groups and I would strongly urge people to report any suspicions they have about risky and illegal activity in our community".

"People in this community will not be held to ransom by those who want to hold us all back". The evacuations were ordered amid reports of an explosive device located somewhere in the residential neighborhood.

During the confrontation PSNI called on parents to "come bring their children home" after young people gathered around the police operation.

Rathmore roundabout to Fanad Drive is closed, and diversions are in place.

A bomb found in Strabane in Tyrone at the weekend was targeted at PSNI officers, police have confirmed.

The incident comes just days after an IED made with a mortar shell was placed underneath a vehicle parked near a police station in Strabane, Tyrone on Saturday.

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