Bomb attack in Londonderry, Northern Ireland injures two police officers
Friday, October 8, 2010
A bomb exploded early on Tuesday morning in Northern Ireland, injuring two police officers. Investigations into the identity of the bombers and their motive are continuing. The a paramilitary group that aims to bring about a united Ireland, has claimed responsibility.,
The explosion on Culmore Road caused serious damage to nearby buildings, including Da Vinci's hotel and a branch of the. A telephone warning was given an hour beforehand and the area, including the hotel, was cleared. The officers, standing near the edge of the exclusion zone, suffered injuries to their necks and ears when they were blown over by the blast.
Chief Superintendent Stephen Martin from theasked for anyone who had seen the Vauxhall Corsa car in which the bomb was hidden before the explosion to come forward. Although the bomb, thought to be over 200lb, was left near the bank, Mr Martin did not think it was the intended target and said that the bomb may have been left because of the presence of police in the area.
The Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, Martin McGuinness, called the bombers "Neanderthals" and "conflict junkies", and added that they were "failing miserably" to destroy the peace process in Northern Ireland. He is attending the conference in Birmingham; the reports he refused to comment on if the attack was to coincide with his absence. The city's mayor, Colm Eastwood, who was at the scene, said he was "disgusted", adding "I do not know what these people are hoping to achieve. They say they love their country but they spend time trying to destroy it."
- BBC staff. "Officers injured in Londonderry bombing" — , October 5, 2010
- Carole Erskine. "Two Police Officers Injured In NI Bomb Attack" — , October 5, 2010
- Daily Mail reporter. "Real IRA claims responsibility for car bomb attack on Londonderry shopping centre" — , October 5, 2010