A vehicle driven to a Derry police station contained a sophisticated prank device that looked like a car bomb, a senior official said.
Police said an apparent line of inquiry is that Republican dissidents were behind an incident in the city in which a delivery driver was kidnapped at gunpoint by masked men and driven to Waterside Police Station on Sunday night.
PSNI Chief Superintendent Nigel Goddard said a security operation following the hijack caused “massive chaos” in Derry. These included some children being unable to attend school and access to Altnagelvin Hospital being cut off.
The incident comes just days after police said they believe the New IRA may be responsible for an incident in which two officers were injured after their car was the target of a bomb blast in Strabane, Co Tyrone last Friday .
Mr Goddard said of the latest incident: “Three masked men abducted a delivery driver in the Curryneirin area of the Waterside. They put an object in the back of his car and told him to drive to Waterside Station and leave the car there. what he did
“This resulted in a lengthy overnight operation to make this vehicle safe and to keep the community safe.
“It’s a sophisticated prank device designed to look like a car bomb
“Clearly this has caused significant disruption across the region and must be condemned as reckless and futile.
“We hope the driver involved in this horrific ordeal can recover and our thoughts are with him today.”
When asked if police believe dissident Republicans were responsible for the latest attack, the official said, “It’s the obvious line of inquiry right now.”
Sinn Féin Vice Chair Michelle O’Neill said the community needed to unite against “these reckless actions.” She tweeted: “Reports from Derry are extremely worrying. Spoke to PSNI for assessment. More chaos and disruption to the local community.”
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/fake-bomb-left-outside-derry-police-station-after-hijacking-caused-massive-chaos-says-psni-42162624.html Fake bomb left outside Derry police station after hijacking caused ‘massive chaos’, says PSNI