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An Army Technical Officer (ATO) returns to his vehicle at Derry City Cemetery yesterday. Alamy Stock Photo

Four devices discovered in a Derry cemetery yesterday were viable pipe bombs

The PSNI have said it is believed the dissident republican group, the New IRA, left the devices.

FOUR DEVICES DISCOVERED inside a cemetery in Derry where a republican commemoration was staged on Easter Monday were viable pipe bombs, the PSNI have said.

A senior officer has said he believes the explosive devices left in the City Cemetery are attributable to the New IRA.

A major security operation took place at the cemetery yesterday after the suspicious devices were discovered, leading to the facility being closed to visitors.

It followed a republican parade in the city on Monday.

Prior to the event at the republican plot in the cemetery, there were scenes of violence in the Creggan area of Derry when a number of missiles, including petrol bombs, were hurled by young people at a police Land Rover monitoring the pre-commemoration parade.

PSNI Chief Superintendent Nigel Goddard confirmed that the devices discovered yesterday were viable.

He said: “These actions have seen the exploitation of young people in the illegal parade, with a complete disregard for public safety. 

“We believe these would have been used to attack police, and cause injury to our officers.

“Our colleagues from Terrorism Investigation Unit are continuing with their inquiries into this.

“At this time, the main line of inquiry is these pipe bombs are attributable to the New IRA.

“We urge anyone with information that may assist the investigation to call police or contact Crimestoppers, which can be done anonymously.”

Last week Assistant Chief Constable Bobby Singleton warned that police had intelligence that dissident republicans might attempt to draw police into serious public disorder to use that as a platform to launch terrorist attacks.

During Monday’s illegal parade which started in the Central Drive area, a number of masked men in paramilitary-style dress formed a colour party carrying the Irish flag and a host of republican flags.

As the parade progressed towards the City Cemetery, the police Land Rover came under attack, with masked youths throwing petrol bombs and firing fireworks before it drove off in flames.

Police have previously said they believe the New IRA carried out the shooting which seriously injured Detective Chief Inspector John Caldwell earlier this year in Omagh, Co Tyrone.

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