Three security warnings in Londonderry prompted while masked men hijacked two vehicles and a delivery van was deserted. According to police, the residents have been permitted to return to their homes pursuing the alerts, which were ensured as deceptions. An alert in North Belfast night has also been ensured as a prank. The interruption in Derry came 48 hours after a bomb exploded in the city. The area surrounding the courthouse in Bishop Street, where the bomb exploded in a car has reopened. The PSNI have said the bomb attack may have been continued by the protestant republican group the New IRA.
Four out of five men over the bombing have been released. A 50-year-old man imprisoned and lasts in police custody. Members of the DUP are to meet the Chief constable of Northern Ireland for discussing the recent incidents in the city and the continuing disputant republican threat. Police told that while the alerts were jests “we cannot underestimate the impact these incidents have had on our community ”.
Supt Gordon McCalmont told, “The occupants of the hijacked vehicles did not believe when they set out for work this morning that they would be threatened by masked men ”. He added, “The residents in Circular Road, Southway and Northland Road did not wake up today expecting to be asked to leave their homes for their own safety”.
He added,“Too many people were affected because of the deliberate and anti-community actions of a few”. An army was called two security warnings in the city linking the revealed hijackings.
The bomb discarding officers distributed a commanded explosion in Creggan Circular Road after a vehicle was hijacked by three masked men at 11.30 GMT.