The bomb left in Dungiven last night may have been linked to another two bombs uncovered in rural County Londonderry in the past few weeks, the PSNI have said.
Superintendent John Magill, the Causeway Coast and Glens District Commander, said: “The device that was made safe at Dungiven last night was viable. It could have injured or killed individuals.
“It was discovered by firefighters when they turned out to deal with two wheelie bins on fire at a house at Ard Na Smoll. Those firefighters, are local people giving up their time to help local communities in emergencies, and were put at risk by this device.
“This is the third viable device uncovered in the Dungiven area in the past four weeks.
“These incidents are not wanted in the Dungiven area, the condemnation of local political leaders and members of the community demonstrates that.
“As well as being unwelcome, the devices have led to the disruption of the lives of many individuals.
Once again the message to those behind the devices is ‘get off the backs of the community’.
“While it is early to comment on a motive or who was behind last night’s device, the potential that is was linked to the other two cannot at this stage be ruled out.
“The particular appeal from detectives is for information about any unusual activity in the area. In particular we want to hear more about two men seen running away at about 9pm.
“Information can be given to police on the 101 non-emergency number, or alternatively to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”