Petrol bombs thrown at police amid Derry security alert

Petrol bombs and other missiles have been thrown at police in Londonderry, where a security alert is underway in the Creggan. A suspicious object has been found during searches on Monday, as part of investigations into dissident republican activity.

Several petrol bombs have been thrown at our landrovers. We are liaising with community representatives to prevent further escalation.

This policing operation is about making sure our community is safe. Please support us as we work as quickly as we can to make the area safe.

— PSNI DC&S District (@PSNIDCSDistrict) September 9, 2019
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Sorry, this content isn’t available on your device. Around 80 officers and explosive detection dogs have been searching for bomb-making equipment, following the discovery of a mortar bomb in Strabane[1] at the weekend.

Police have blamed the New IRA for the viable device and have said the members responsible are “living in the community – they are building bombs and storing weapons and placing the community at risk”.

Officers in the Creggan are appealing to parents to remove their children from the vicinity of their operation “to prevent anyone getting drawn into disorder”.

Several homes in the Creggan Heights area have been evacuated due to the alert and the area from Rathmore roundabout to Fanad Drive has been sealed off.


  1. ^ discovery of a mortar bomb in Strabane (

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