Suspicious object confirmed as ‘viable explosive device’ outside Derry Police Station

An object that was driven to a police station in Derry over the weekend was said to be a “usable explosive device”.

Around 10.30pm on Sunday it was reported that a delivery driver was kidnapped at gunpoint in Milldale Crescent in Curryneirin by three masked men who stuck a suspicious object in his vehicle – a gray Ford Mondeo – and forced him to drive to Waterside and leave you park the car in front of the police station.

A public safety operation was immediately launched, evacuating dozens of homes and closing much of the Crescent Link to traffic.

After security measures, the police explained that the suspicious object left in his car was an elaborate hoax designed to look like a car bomb.

However, the PSNI has confirmed that the object was indeed dangerous.

Deputy Chief of Police Bobby Singleton said: “Following further technical examination of the object, which was recovered from a hijacked vehicle outside Waterside Police Station on Sunday evening, police can now confirm that it is an operational explosive device.

“This further underscores the reckless and callous disregard shown by those responsible for driver safety, the local community and the police officers serving them,” he added.

“I would again appeal to anyone who was near Milldale Crescent in Curryneirin or near Waterside Police Station around 10.30pm on Sunday evening to report information via 101 or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

The incident followed news of an explosion in Strabane last Thursday night, which is being treated as an attempted murder of two police officers who were patrolling the area, when a device on the side of their vehicle exploded.

Another security alert occurred in Strabane on Monday night, causing a number of people to evacuate their homes in the town of Co Tyrone.

A police spokesman later said the object had been declared safe, but a number of other items had been taken for further investigation.

Sinn Fein Vice President Michelle O’Neill said the recent incidents in Derry and Strabane were “pointless and inconsiderate”.

She added: “It’s not causing anything – just chaos and dysfunction for the people of this city and Strabane too.

“I think these actions have no place in today’s society and as political leaders we must call it out when we see it.

“That could have had disastrous consequences. We could have had the loss of two cops.

“These people are in conflict with the community in which they live.”

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