Page last updated at 19:20 GMT, Monday, 19 April 2010 20:20 UK

Pipe bomb found in Londonderry

pipe bomb house
The pipe bomb exploded outside the house in the Culmore area

Army and police have dealt with a pipe bomb device which was discovered in the Westland Villas area of Londonderry. It has been taken away for examination.

Earlier police said a "criminal gang" has claimed responsibility for two overnight explosions in Derry.

It is understood Republican Action Against Drugs (Raad) threw a pipe bomb at a house in Spruce Meadows in Culmore.

A family of seven escaped injury after the pipe bomb exploded near their home.

The police became aware of another device in the city only after Raad claimed responsibility for it.

Police said the group claimed a device, which partially exploded, was thrown at a house in the Westland Street area.

The pipe bomb in Spruce Meadows caused extensive damage to a car and damage to the front of the house.

Inspector Jon Burrows said they were investigating a link to drugs, and that people who engaged in such violence were the "enemies of everyone".

"Everyone needs to unite together to give us the information to put them behind bars," he continued.

"If anyone had of been close to that pipe bomb when it exploded they could have been very seriously injured, or indeed killed."

Republican Action Against Drugs have targeted at least 15 men in the city in recent months.

Evacuated

Two adults and five children were in the Spruce Meadows house at the time of the attack but no-one was injured.

Army technical officers examined the scene and removed the remains the device for further examination.

A number of nearby houses were evacuated for a short time.

Darren Curry lives in the area and said families had been left shocked.

"You probably wouldn't expect that to happen here, it's a very quiet area. We've only moved in recently and we've found no trouble at all," he said.

"It's just an awful shock that people could come in and actually do that and cause disruption and not have any fear for anybody that lived here."

Police have appealed for people to exercise caution and not to touch any unusual or suspicious items.



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