Northern Ireland

Road re-opens after dissident bomb attack

The Culmore Road in Londonderry re-opened on Wednesday evening after two-days of disruption following a bomb explosion.

The bomb site remained cordoned off by the PSNI after the incident on Monday.

The Real IRA admitted responsibility for the device which was left close to the Ulster Bank on Culmore Road.

The police said the bomb was more than 200lb, making it more powerful than the car bomb used to attack the city in August.

Two police officers who were standing close to the cordon received neck and ear injuries when they were knocked to the ground by the blast.

The area had been cleared when the bomb exploded but a bank and several shops were damaged by the explosion.

Police commander for the area, Chief Superintendent Stephen Martin, said at a news conference on Tuesday that police believed the Ulster Bank and the local hotel were not the intended targets and that the bomb may have been abandoned there because of a police presence in the area.

He also confirmed that up to 200 people were in the hotel when the warning was received.

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