IL REAL IRA ‘MINA’ DERRY
Sono almeno tre le esplosioni controllate effettuate oggi a Derry. Azione rivendicata dal Real IRA
Tre esplosioni controllate hanno reso inoffensivi una serie di dispositivi sospetti rinvenuti a Derry.
Quattro le strade chiuse a seguito degli allarmi lanciati, con conseguenti gravi disagi al traffico cittadino.
La prima segnalazione ha riguardato il dirottamento di un furgone nei pressi della stazione della PSNI in Strand Road e ha comportato la chiusura delle strade nell’area tra Lawrence Hill e Asylum Road. Nella zona si trovano due grandi istituti scolastici, il North West Regional College (NWRC) e il Magee campus del University of Ulster.
La seconda segnalazione è avvenuta nei pressi della Courthouse in Bishop Street, dove è stata transennata l’intera area.
Altre due segnalazioni si riferiscono al Craigavon Bridge (chiusi entrambi i livelli del ponte ed il passaggio pedonale) e Madam’s Bank Road che almeno in un primo momento è rimasta aperta, ma sorvolata dagli elicotteri della polizia.
Tutti gli stati di allerta sono stati rivendicati dal Real IRA.
Paul Fleming, sindaco della città, ha dichiarato che tali attacchi sono stati concepiti con l’intento di arrecare il massimo disagio, soprattutto nell’ottica dell’attuale situazione economica.
“E’ molto frustrante, non solo per la comunità d’affari, ma per la popolazione in generale, se si sta cercando di frequentare il college, di andare a fare la spesa, di usufruire di servizi medici o di andare a lavorare.
“Gli operatori Derry soffrono abbastanza nel clima economico attuale e gli incidenti di questo tipo sono estremamente dannosi per le imprese.
“Mi appello alla PSNI perchè faccia tutto il possibile per far fronte a tali segnalazioni il più rapidamente possibile in modo che il traffico della città e degli scambi commerciali possano tornare alla normalità”.
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Security alerts in Londonderry (Londonderry Sentinel)
At least three controlled explosions have been carried out on a number of suspect devices in Londonderry.
The four security alerts have resulted in a number of roads in the city being closed and have caused widespread disruption.
The alerts are at Strand Road Police Station, Bishop Street Courthouse, Craigavon Bridge and Madam’s Bank Road.
The RIRA have claimed responsibility for the alerts.
A hijacked van has been left outside Strand Road Police Station and roads between Lawrence Hill and Asylum Road have been closed.
The area is close to two major centres of education, the North West Regional College (NWRC) and the Magee campus of the University of Ulster.
NWRC has confirmed that their Northland and Strand Road sites will remain closed today because of the alerts.
Two medical practices – one at the bottom of Lawrence Hill, another at Asylum Road and several other businesses have been adversely affected by the Strand Road scare.
In the second alert, an area Bishop Street Courthouse has also been cordoned off. Bomb disposal experts have been despatched to both incidents.
Bayview Medical Practice which is close to Strand Road PSNI Station says it will remain closed until the alerts are cleared.
Doctors at the practice say anyone who experience an emergency should contact the following number-07731308556, but stressed the number should be called in emergencies only.
Police are currently evacuating workers from buildings in the district. Major traffic disruption is anticipated and motorists have been advised to avoid the areas if possible.
Both decks of the Craigavon bridge was also closed to traffic at approximately 9am although pedestrians were still being allowed to cross on the lower deck at that time.
A police helicopter is monitoring Madam’s Bank Road, but it remains open.
The Very Reverend Dean of Derry, Dr William Morton, was one of those evacuated from Bishop Street.
“The police arrived and told us we had to get out straight away, and my wife and I and our three sons had to bail out very quickly,” he said.
“It was obviously designed to cause maximum disruption, and I really feel sorry for traders whose businesses are so dreadfully affected and also to families, like ours, with children.”
Mayor Paul Fleming has hit out at those responsible.
The Mayor said the incidents were designed to cause maximum disruption to the public and appealed to people to be patient.
“It is very frustrating, not only for the business community, but for the general public whether they are trying to attend college, go to the shops, avail of medical services or going to work.
“Derry traders are suffering enough in the current economic climate and incidents such as this are extremely detrimental to business.
“I would appeal to the PSNI to do all they can to deal with these alerts as quickly as possible so that the city’s traffic and business trade can return to normal,” he added.