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Man injured in Derry car fire attack

Police believe that a petrol bomb was thrown at a house in the Seven Oaks area of Derry
Joanne Sweeney

A MAN was injured in what police say was attempted petrol bombing at a house in Derry’s Waterside area.

The man received the injuries as he attempted to put out a fire in a car parked in the Seven Oaks area in the early hours of Sunday.

He was later treated in hospital but his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Police were called to the scene shortly after 3.30am after receiving a report that a car had been set alight outside a house.

Detective Sergeant Brian Reid said that a small gas cylinder was later discovered to have been placed in the car.

It was also believed that a petrol bomb was thrown at the house.

The incident sparked off a security alert where around 15 residents were asked to leave their homes for their own safety while police and British army technical officers carried out an investigation.

Evacuated residents were taken to the nearby Foyle Arena and allowed back into their homes around midday.

The PSNI said they are working to establish a motive for the incident and have appealed for information.

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