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Londonderry bomb alert: Police investigate Arm na Poblachta claim

Kevin Scott/Belfast Telegraph

Police are investigating a claim that the dissident republican group Arm na Poblachta was responsible for leaving a bomb outside a Londonderry police station.

The device was left in a hijacked car at Waterside PSNI station on 20 November.

The driver had been forced at gunpoint to take the vehicle to the station.

Police previously said they believed the New IRA may have been behind the incident.

On Monday they said they were investigating a claim that Arm na Poblachta were responsible.

Det Ch Insp Logue said detectives from the Terrorism Investigation Unit were “investigating a claim of responsibility that Arm na Poblachta (ANP) was responsible for a vehicle hijacking and subsequent security alert”.

“We are keeping an open mind and the investigation continues,” he added.

  • Man forced to drive at gunpoint to police station
  • Timeline of dissident republican activity

Arm na Poblachta (Army of the Republic) is one of the smallest of four dissident republican groups which currently operate in opposition to the 1998 peace agreement.

It emerged in 2017, but has not been as active as the New IRA or the Continuity IRA.

Map of incident

Police had initially described the bomb left outside the police station as “an elaborate hoax” but later confirmed it was a viable explosive device.

The incident sparked a major security alert in Derry during which a number of homes were evacuated and a local school closed.

The device had been placed in the delivery driver’s car in the Currynierin area of the city before he was forced to drive the 2.5 miles (4km) to the police station.

Police have again appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

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