We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.

The scene of the aftermath of one of the bomb blasts in Derry last night Screengrab via BBC News

Condemnation for 'cowardly and callous' bomb explosions in Derry

Forensic examinations at the two scenes of the explosions last night will get underway this morning.

FORENSIC EXAMINATIONS are expected to get underway this morning at the scenes of two bomb explosions in Derry last night.

The blasts took place moments after each other outside the Tourist Office on Foyle Street and close to the Benefits Office at Strand Road shortly after 8pm on Thursday night, UTV reports. A pre-warning was telephoned to police just after 7.30pm.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said that residents, who are mostly elderly, were evacuated before the blasts and there have been no reports of any injuries. The residents are currently being accommodated in local hotel.

“The people in Derry do not want this disruption. It is cowardly and callous,” PSNI Chief Superintendent Stephen Martin told the media.

There has been widespread and cross-party condemnation of the two incidents with Northern Ireland Justice Minister David Ford saying: “Their actions are to be condemned. The rationale for these attacks has to be challenged.”

BBC News reports that Sinn Féin MLA Martina Anderson condemned “the mindless actions of organisations that command minuscule support” and called on the organisation behind the bombs to come forward.

Police have said there will be considerable disruption to traffic in the area today as forensic examinations take place this morning.

Two explosions in Derry >

Readers like you are keeping these stories free for everyone...
A mix of advertising and supporting contributions helps keep paywalls away from valuable information like this article. Over 5,000 readers like you have already stepped up and support us with a monthly payment or a once-off donation.

Your Voice
Readers Comments
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.