Explosion in Cityside


Detectives are appealing for information following an explosion in the Carrickreagh Gardens area of Londonderry at around 10.40pm last night, Wednesday 26 March.

Carrickreagh Gardens was closed and a number of residents evacuated from their homes while ATO examined the scene. ATO confirmed that a viable explosive device had detonated inside a car parked in the area. A number of items have been taken away for further examination. Damage was caused to the car as a result of the explosion.

There were no reports of any injuries in the incident, which ended at 5.10am and residents were allowed to return to their homes.

Police are appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone with any information to contact Detectives at Strand Road Police Station on the new non-emergency number 101. Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the Independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Meanwhile, MLA Pat Ramsey said the attack had “the hallmarks of the dissident group formerly known as Republican Action Against Drugs”.

“It’s leading up to the local government and European elections, where they’re trying to take the high moral ground and acting as a policing unit in the city,” he said.

“The vast majority of people in the city will again be using the ballot box to say ‘these incidents are not done in our name and we want them to stop’.”