This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
Northern Ireland police have foiled a planned bomb attack on Londonderry police station just minutes before of their launch to avoid mass massacre.
Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) officers rammed a van close to Derry city centre in an apparent undercover operation.
A senior police officer has confirmed that four live mortar bombs were located in the back of the vehicle, which had part of its roof cut back as part of plans to bomb a police station in the city.
Three men in their 30s have been arrested following the overnight operation in Derry which police have linked to dissident republicans. During the security operation that lasted till Monday morning, evacuation of more than 100 homes had to take place when the vehicle was moved close to the junction of Letterkenny Road and Foyle Road. The people who had to leave their homes were mostly elderly and found shelter in the nearby Brooke Park Activity Centre and the GAA’s sports centre at Celtic Park.
Dissident republicans opposed to Sinn Fein’s peace process strategy have been under 24-hour police surveillance during the fears of fresh attacks in the city, this year’s UK City of Culture.
There was a time last night when the police involved in diverting traffic away from the scene were attacked by people throwing stones. At least one petrol bomb was also thrown at a police car but no one was injured.
An SDLP member of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Pat Ramsay has told that a viable device had been recovered and added: “It looks as if police kept death off the streets of Derry.”
East Londonderry MP and Lawmaker, Gregory Campbell has claimed: “We were 10 minutes away from a disaster. That is how close we were to a really bad night in Londonderry.
“The mortars were ready to be fired. There could have been dozens of people killed.”
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