DERRY: Police investigating a suspected car bombing in the Northern Irish city of Londonderry said on Sunday they believe dissident republican group the New IRA to be responsible.
The suspected bomb exploded at 8:10pm on Saturday, as police were evacuating the area following a warning that a device had been planted outside the city courthouse. There were no casualties.
“Our main line of inquiry is against the New IRA,” said Police Service of Northern Ireland assistant chief constable Mark Hamilton.
“The New IRA, like most dissident republican groups in Northern Ireland, is small, largely unrepresentative, and determined to drag people back to somewhere they don’t want to be.
“The people responsible for this attack have shown no regard for the community or local businesses. They care little about the damage to the area and the disruption they have caused.” Two men in their twenties were arrested in the city on Sunday, as police and army explosives teams remained on the scene of the blast.
Police say they believe the vehicle used in the attack was hijacked locally from a delivery driver earlier on Saturday.
The warning call was made to a charity hotline in England, before being communicated to local law enforcement in the British province, police said.
Londonderry was a consistent flashpoint in the three decades of sectarian bloodshed in Northern Ireland known as the Troubles.