Northern Ireland

Derry explosion: Bomb in car in Creggan forces people from their homes

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Media captionThe car was parked outside a house in the Creggan area

A bomb has exploded inside a car parked in a residential area of Londonderry.

No-one was injured in the explosion that happened at about 22:45 GMT on Wednesday at Carrickreagh Gardens in the Creggan area.

Residents had to leave their homes for six hours during the night while bomb experts and police examined the scene.

Christopher Tarr, whose car was badly damaged, said he did not know why he had been targeted but he did not think dissident republicans were to blame.

"We all think it's something personal but we don't know what," he said.

"I've had no run-ins with dissident republicans or been at anything to give them reason to come after me."

He added: "I was sitting in the house and there was a massive explosion outside - it was surreal."

SDLP MLA Pat Ramsey said the attack "bears the hallmarks of the dissident group formerly known as Republican Action Against Drugs".

"It's leading up to the local government and European elections, where they're trying to take the high moral ground and acting as a policing unit in the city," he said.

"The vast majority of people in the city will again be using the ballot box to say 'these incidents are not done in our name and we want them to stop'."

Image caption People had to spend much of the night out of their homes while the area was examined

Sinn Féin councillor Kevin Campbell said: "While it is not yet known what group may have been responsible for leaving this device, what is known is that this action happened in a built-up area.

"I would call upon anyone involved in this type of activity to desist; they are going against the will of the vast majority of the people of Creggan who have indicated time and time again that they want to move forward without these types of incidents happening in their community."

Police have appealed for anyone with information to contact them.

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