British army defuse bomb at Derry RUC station


The British army bomb disposal team this afternoon defused a booby-trap bomb found at the rear of an RUC station in Co Derry.

Houses in two streets near the police station were evacuated and a local hall was opened for residents to stay in overnight. The RUC say the occupants will be allowed to return to their homes soon and that the area is returning to normal.

British army technical officers made the bomb safe in a "sensitive and highly dangerous operation" shortly before 4 p.m. this afternoon. They described the device as "substantial" but no further details are available at this time.

No-one has claimed responsibility for planting the device though the police received several anonymous telephone calls claiming the bomb had been left near the station.