Four devices found in Derry cemetery were viable pipe bombs

Four Devices Found In Derry Cemetery Were Viable Pipe Bombs
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By Jonathan McCambridge, PA

Four devices discovered inside a cemetery in Derry where a republican commemoration was staged on Easter Monday were viable pipe bombs, police have said.

A senior officer has said he believes the explosive devices left in the City Cemetery are attributable to the New IRA.


A major security operation took place at the cemetery on Tuesday after the suspicious devices were discovered, leading to the facility being closed to visitors.

It followed a republican parade in the city on Monday.

Derry Easter Commemoration parade
One of the pipe bombs discovered at the City Cemetery in Derry following a public safety operation (PSNI/PA)


Prior to the event at the republican plot in the cemetery, there were scenes of violence in the Creggan area of Derry when a number of missiles, including petrol bombs, were hurled by young people at a police Land Rover monitoring the pre-commemoration parade.

Chief Superintendent Nigel Goddard confirmed that the devices discovered on Tuesday were viable.

He said: “These actions have seen the exploitation of young people in the illegal parade, with a complete disregard for public safety.

“We believe these would have been used to attack police, and cause injury to our officers.


“Our colleagues from Terrorism Investigation Unit are continuing with their inquiries into this.

“At this time, the main line of inquiry is these pipe bombs are attributable to the New IRA.

“We urge anyone with information that may assist the investigation to call police or contact Crimestoppers, which can be done anonymously.”

Hijacking at Waterside Police Station in London Derry
Chief Superintendent Nigel Goddard said he believed the pipe bombs were attributable to the PSNI (Liam McBurney/PA)

Last week Assistant Chief Constable Bobby Singleton warned that police had intelligence that dissident republicans might attempt to draw police into serious public disorder to use that as a platform to launch terrorist attacks.

During Monday’s illegal parade which started in the Central Drive area, a number of masked men in paramilitary-style dress formed a colour party carrying the Irish flag and a host of republican flags.

As the parade progressed towards the City Cemetery, the police Land Rover came under attack, with masked youths throwing petrol bombs and firing fireworks before it drove off in flames.


Police have previously said they believe the New IRA carried out the shooting which seriously injured Detective Chief Inspector John Caldwell earlier this year.

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