Attack on Derry PSNI base

A masked republican carried out a gun attack on Derry’s PSNI headquarters yesterday morning, firing up to 30 shots from an AK-47 automatic rifle.

It is understood that the breakaway ‘Real IRA’ carried out the attack. No-one was injure in ths incident, although the gunfire damaged the base, its defensive wall and three civilian cars parked outside.

The gunman, who wore a scarf to conceal his identity, was driven way. The vehicle was later found burned out in the republican Brandywell area of the city, about one mile from the base.

The Mayor of Derry, Sinn Féin councillor Gearoid O hEara, described the shooting incident as an attack on the peace process.

“It was both stupid and pointless and those responsible for it are devoid of either strategy or vision and are indulging in militarism solely for its own sake.”

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