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Pipe bomb explosion in Limavady investigated

The pipebomb exploded in the Anderson Crescent area of Limavady
The pipebomb exploded in the Anderson Crescent area of Limavady

A pipe bomb has exploded outside a house in Limavady, County Londonderry.

The explosion happened in the Anderson Crescent area of the town on Wednesday evening at 2210 BST.

A family were in the house but there are no reports of any injuries though a car parked outside is said to have been badly damaged.

Chief Inspector Steven Carrigan said they were "open-minded" about who was behind the attack, but added it was a "reckless attack on the community".

It was the fourth pipe bomb explosion in the north-west this week; the other three are thought to have been caused by dissident republicans.

Ch Insp Carrigan said the attack "could have resulted in death".

"It was a reckless attack... at a time when children were still playing in and around that street," he said.

"This could have been your child, your family and it could have been your home and I'm appealing to people out there 'please give us the information', we need your support.

"The device was viable and it could have killed somebody."

A device exploded outside a house in Londonderry's Creggan area on Tuesday.

Police blamed a "criminal gang" for two explosions early on Monday.

A family of seven escaped injury when a pipe bomb exploded near their home in Spruce Meadows in the Culmore area of the city.

Another device partially exploded when it was thrown at a house in the Westland Street area.

Responsibility for both attacks was claimed by a group calling itself Republican Action Against Drugs.

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