North-west roads re-open as separate security alerts end

The scene of a security alert in the rural Clady area outside Strabane on Friday. Picture Margaret McLaughlin
Seamus McKinney

All roads re-opened last night in the north-west after security alerts near Strabane and Limavady caused widespread disruption over two days.

The Leighery Road near Limavady was re-opened late yesterday afternoon after police were alerted to a suspicious object on Thursday evening.

Earlier an alert ended at Clady, outside Strabane after police searched the Urney Road. Police had advised people travelling through the border town to be vigilant following claims an explosive device was left in the area.

The two most recent alerts come after a viable bomb was discovered at Feeney, near Dungiven. A controlled explosion was carried out on the device at Carnanbane Road, just outside the village on Wednesday.

Police have had to deal with four separate security alerts in the north west in recent weeks. Roads in Drumsurn, near Limavady, were closed off after dissident republican group, Oglaigh na hÉireann (ONH) claimed a bomb was planted in the area five weeks before.

A caller claiming to be from the organisation's Derry brigade claimed an improvised explosive device was left in the area. Following a controlled explosion on a suspect device, police later confirmed it had been a viable bomb.

It is believed the Drumsurn bomb was an attempt to attack British army reservists who had bene training in the rural area.

The recent incidents had been widely condemned. Dungiven Sinn Féin councillor, Tony McCaul said local people were once again the victims of groups they had rejected.

"The people who are carrying out these acts are offering nothing but misery to the very community they claim to represent," Mr McCaul said.


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