Derry bomb alert: Device was 'under-car booby trap bomb'

Police officer at scene of Talbot Park bomb alert Police have appealed to anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the Talbot Park area to contact them

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A woman had a lucky escape after she picked up what turned out to be a booby trap bomb in Londonderry.

Police have confirmed that the device that led to a security alert on Thursday was an under-car bomb.

Army bomb experts carried out a controlled explosion on the object after it was found in Talbot Park.

PSNI Chief Inspector Jon Burrows told BBC Radio Foyle that the device may have been attached to the car for some time.

" What we believe to be a viable under-car booby trap was placed under a car," he said.

"I believe there is a very strong likelihood that children were in that car at some stage during the day when that device was underneath it.

Chief Inspector Jon Burrows said the device may have been attached to the car for some time

"The lady who found it ended up touching it, not realising it was an explosive device.

"We are very fortunate that nobody was killed."

Ch Insp Burrows said this attack was "slightly more unconventional".

"Previously, we have been able to come on the radio and say that we believe that it would be one of the dissident groups. I think the motivation for this might be slightly different.

"There is no connection to the police service or the prison service."

Police have appealed to anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in Talbot Park recently to contact them.

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