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Dungiven 'used as dumping ground for discarded bombs'

Derry city centre was closed off after a case was found abandoned at Queen's Quay. Picture by Margaret McLaughlin
Seamus McKinney

DUNGIVEN is being used as a "dumping ground" for discarded bombs, a Sinn Féin councillor has claimed.

Sean McGlinchey was speaking after two viable pipe bombs were found near a house at Derrychrier Road yesterday.

Several homes were evacuated yesterday as the area was sealed off.

The Co Derry town has been the target of several pipe bomb attacks in recent months.

Councillor Sean McGlinchey said people were fed up with bombs being left in the area.

"It's ridiculous: Dungiven's being used as a dumping ground for discarded bombs," he said.

“Dungiven people are fed up with these security situations. Those behind them are completely irresponsible and show a complete lack of respect for local people. Yet again people are being forced to spend the night out of their homes."

Meanwhile, Derry city centre was also closed off yesterday after a security alert was sparked by a discarded suitcase left close to the constituency offices of Sinn Féin MP, Elisha McCallion.

British army bomb experts carried out a controlled explosion on the suitcase at Queen's Quay.

However police later said the bag was "nothing untoward".

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