Republicans youths have been blamed for bringing parts of Derry’s Bogside area a to standstill for more than three hours with a hoax bomb and for another incident at the home of SDLP Assembly representative Pat Ramsey.
British Army bomb disposal experts carried out a controlled explosion on one object at Fahan street in the city which was later described as an “elaborate hoax.”
During the security alert, nearby residents were advised to stay at the front of their houses.
Sinn Fein councillor Peter Anderson condemning the actions, which he said were an attempt to lure British forces into the area for attack.
“In my view, the people responsible for this are young people, possibly young school-children. They represent no-one and the only people they are hurting are the people in Fahan Street, including many elderly people, and the people of the Bogside.
@A few days age we had the hoax bomb outside Pat Ramsey’s house which caused problems not only for the Ramsey family but also for people living in the surrounding area.
“I would imagine that the same people responsible for causing the hoax outside the Ramsey house are the same people who left this hoax in Fahan Street.”
Councillor Anderson also said that those responsible for the series of hoax bombs could not claim to be republicans.
“The element who are carrying out this type of thing probably think they are republicans. Most likely they are young people and my advice to them, given the fact that we are approaching the 90th anniversary of the Easter Rising, would be to look in their school books and read the Proclamation and hang their heads in shame,” he said.
POLICE FIRE ON DRIVER
Police in West Belfast opened fire this [Saturday] morning on a motorist.
The officers, who were on foot patrol on Glen Road approached the black Volkswagen at 11am. Police claim the driver then drove at the officers, who were then forced to fire a number of shots at the motorist.
The incident has been referred to the police ombudsman.