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Two explosions at separate locations in Londonderry

 

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Two areas in Londonderry remain cordoned off

 

A massive security operation is under way in Londonderry following two explosions in the city.

The bombs exploded at Strand Road, close to the DHSS office, and at the tourist centre in Foyle Street, within ten minutes of each other.

There are no reports of any injuries. Homes and businesses in both areas were evacuated, following two telephone bomb warnings.

Police described the attacks as "reckless".

Officers had half an hour to clear the area when the bombs when off, shortly after 20:00 GMT on Thursday.

The BBC understands that the PSNI received a warning through a third party.

The PSNI District Commander in Derry Superintendent Stephen Martin said the attacks were "cowardly and callous".

"Thankfully we are not dealing with mass casualties or worse this evening," he said.

 

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A huge security operation is under way in the city

 

"The reckless acts of those who planted these devices stand in stark contrast to those of the brave officers who entered these areas to evacuate local residents and businesses.

"The people in Derry do not want this disruption. "

The extent of any damage to property is not yet known.

Former mayor of Derry Colum Eastwood said: "This is another attack on the people of Derry by people who are enemies of the city and enemies of Ireland.

"What we have tonight is a number of residents from a residential home having to be evacuated and put up in a city centre hotel."

The Ulster Unionist leader, Tom Elliott, blamed dissident republicans for the attack.

"This type of fascism was part of our past. It has no place in our future."

The area remains cordoned off. Police have warned of considerable disruption to traffic on Thursday night and for much of Friday.

Last year, dissidents attacked the office used by the organisers of the UK City of Culture 2013 festivities.

 

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One of the blasts was outside the Tourist Office on Foyle Street and the other close to the Benefits Office at Strand Road shortly after 8pm on Thursday.

Two telephone bomb warnings were received at around 7.35pm, with a 40 minute coded warning given to police.

Homes, including sheltered accommodation in the Bridge Street area, were evacuated, and there have been no reports of injuries.

 

 

It is understood the devices were abandoned in the Foyle Street and Strand Road areas.

Chief Superintendent Stephen Martin said: "Thankfully we are not dealing with mass casualties or worse this evening.

The reckless acts of those who planted these devices stand in stark contrast to those of the brave officers who entered these areas to evacuate local residents and businesses.

Chief Superintendent Stephen Martin

 

"The people in Derry do not want this disruption. It is cowardly and callous.

"People simply want to move on with their lives, not take a step back. Regrettably the whole community will once again suffer as a result of the needless actions of a few."

The full extent of the damage is not yet known and full forensic examination of the scenes will not take place until Friday.

There will be major traffic disruption in the areas on Thursday night and on Friday.

Life will be severely disrupted in the city. The blame for this disruption lies firmly with those who planted the bombs.

Chief Superintendent Stephen Martin

Justice Minister David Ford condemned those responsible.

He said: "Thankfully there are no reports of any injuries, but those who planted and exploded the bombs in Derry could easily have killed. Their actions are to be condemned.

"The rationale for these attacks has to be challenged.

"Those responsible must know that violence does not bring them any closer to their stated objective. If anything the condemnations from across political spectrum which follow such incidents reinforces the futility of their actions," he said.

These are the desperate actions of yesterday's men. They seem to be more wedded to the struggle than to the cause they claim to be pursuing."

Justice Minister David Ford

Ulster Unionist leader Tom Elliott has also spoken out against those responsible for the explosions.

"I have no doubt there are the handiwork of so-called "dissident" republican terrorists.

"We have seen this type of attack before during the troubles when the IRA blitzed Londonderry on a regular basis.

"Those attacks failed to break the will of the Unionist people and these attacks will fail too. These attacks further no cause. They will not create a single job or attract a single pound of investment.

"Londonderry should be enjoying the limelight as the UK City of Culture, yet instead some madmen seem to think it is an opportunity for them to seize some publicity," said Mr Elliott.

 

http://www.u.tv/News/Two-bomb-blasts-in-Derry/488b68b7-befb-4884-bde3-0ccda22363a2

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I struggle to see the point. Any have any ideas?

 

Maybe because of this? - "Londonderry should be enjoying the limelight as the UK City of Culture"?

Or Maybe its because of the torture and inhumanity suffered by republican prisoners on a daily basis in Magheberry Gaol by the hands of callous screws?

Or maybe it has something to do with the daily victimisation of working class communities by the sectarian British militia (PSNI)?

 

As long as conditions like these exist, they will always be met with violent resistance in some way, shape or form, weather we agree with it or not!

 

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Maybe because of this? - "Londonderry should be enjoying the limelight as the UK City of Culture"?

Or Maybe its because of the torture and inhumanity suffered by republican prisoners on a daily basis in Magheberry Gaol by the hands of callous screws?

Or maybe it has something to do with the daily victimisation of working class communities by the sectarian British militia (PSNI)?

 

As long as conditions like these exist, they will always be met with violent resistance in some way, shape or form, weather we agree with it or not!

 

 

 

Hmmmm, I think high profile protesting against the city of culture would be a better idea.

Yes, the treatment of the prisoners is a valid point, but I think if they want to try and tackle that problem with armed resistance there are better targets than the centre of Derry where only the people of Derry loose out.....

Yes, the victimisation of working class communities is a problem but again I don't think that setting bombs off in the city centre will help them. There are ways and means, and to highlight these issues I don't think that random bombs in the city are the right tactics.

 

Yes I agree there will be violent resistance. And although I may not support them I would at least have more respect if the IRA or ONH carried out sustained attacks on smart strategic targets but random attacks in the centre of the city do nothing but disrupt and anger the people whos support they should be trying to gain.

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I think that all anti-imperialist actions should be welcomed and commended by Communists. These bombings seem to be directed against the British plot to "normalize" Derry as a "British city," by making it the "UK City of Culture," for this year. That was a highly provocative move by the British, and was bound to be resisted.

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I wouldn't overestimate the "disruption" that these attacks have on working class life. A minor inconvenience at most, and certainly nothing more than the people of Derry and other occupied cities are used to, such is life in an occupied city! Any blame for inconveniencing workers must lie with the occupying force, and this certainly can't be seriously categorised as an attack on the people of Derry!

 

Even the choice of targets here, tourist office and the DHSS, have a class significance. Tourism, as a parasitic industry, and which puts the needs of rich visitors above developing native economic needs (not to mind its imperialist significance as outlined by posters above), and the dole system which is designed to keep the working class in perpetual slavery and poverty.

 

There can be no class war without inconvenience!

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Of course attacks such as this cannot be allowed to become the entire struggle, or even the main forus of the struggle. Mass education, organisation and mobilisation are what is needed, but we should never fall into the enemy's trap of condemning these attacks. The real inconvenience to the people of Derry is their enslavement under capital, and their occupation by a foreign country.

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