Two police officers were unharmed after their vehicle was damaged in a bomb attack in Strabane.
The PSNI confirmed that the attack, using a suspected improvised explosive device, took place in the Mount Carmel Heights area of the town of Co Tyrone and a security operation is now underway.
Police remain at the scene Friday morning after a loud bang was heard in the area as the attack took place after 11pm.
Ulster Unionist Councilor Philip Smith condemned the incident and the attack on officers.
“Dissident Republicans are still active and murderous,” he tweeted.
“Thoughts are with the PSNI officers who have happily avoided injury from this reckless attack which all sane people will condemn.”
West Tyrone MLA Daniel McCrossan said the incident caused “major inconvenience” to around 1,000 residents living in the area, including children who are unable to attend school.
“More than 1,000 people living in Mount Carmel Heights are experiencing immense disruption this morning as police investigate a security alert in the area,” he said.
“This is one of Strabane’s largest residential areas and there is currently no way in or out as the scene is cordoned off.
“Local residents have reported hearing a loud bang late last night which police are now investigating. This disruption means nursing teachers and other public sector workers will not be able to come to work this morning.
“I continue to speak directly to the local PSNI and would like to urge people to cooperate with the police so that we can secure the area and lift the cordon as soon as possible.”
The road is closed to motorists and motorists have been advised to avoid the area and seek alternative routes.
Police confirmed that no homes have been evacuated at this time.
Sinn Fein MLA Maolíosa McHugh said the attack was “wrong” and could have resulted in a “devastating tragedy”.
“The police bombing in Strabane is wrong and I condemn it unreservedly,” he said.
“Fortunately, no one was injured, but this reckless and futile attack could have resulted in a devastating tragedy.
“There is no place in our society for this type of activity and those responsible should break away from the community.
“I would urge anyone with information regarding this attack to report it to the police.”
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