PSNI come under petrol bomb attack during Derry search

Police were attacked with petrol bombs and missiles as they carried out searches targeting dissident republicans in Derry.

10/09/2019 10:20:00

PSNI believe at least two young people sustained burn injuries when they tried to use petrol bombs to attack the police cordon

Police were attacked with petrol bombs and missiles as they carried out searches targeting dissident republicans in Derry.

Young people engaged in the disorder in Derry's Creggan estate sustained burn injuries during the violence, the Police Service of Northern Ireland said.PSNI officers were targeted after finding what they described as a suspicious object while carrying out searches for New IRA bomb-making equipment.

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Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton said: "Following a large scale search operation in the Creggan area of Derry/Londonderry, police located a suspect device in a parked vehicle."A clearance operation was commenced with a number of families being asked to leave their homes for their own safety.

"During the operation a crowd of 60-100 persons gathered, some of whom attacked police vehicles with missiles and over 40 petrol bombs."Police believe at least two young people sustained burn injuries when they tried to use petrol bombs to attack the police cordon. No police officers were injured."

Petrol bombs thrown at police during rioting in Creggan Heights #Derry. Footage via @DerryFootage pic.twitter.com/EKSTtlubXK— Leona O'Neill (@LeonaONeill1) September 9, 2019 The police searches were launched after a dissident republican mortar bomb was recovered in Strabane, Co Tyrone on Saturday.

The mortar, which was positioned close to a family home, was aimed at the town's police station.It was the seventh attempted murder bid against the security forces in Northern Ireland this year.Around 15 of homes were evacuated in Creggan Heights as officers hunting for New IRA weapons identified the suspicious object.

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