Londonderry pipe bomb attack on police blamed on dissidents

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Media captionJon Burrows says the pipe bomb could have caused "death or serious injury"

A pipe bomb attack on police in Londonderry has been blamed on dissident republicans.

The device was thrown at a police vehicle on Charlotte Street, in the Bogside area, on Tuesday night.

The viable pipe bomb was found during a security alert in the city that left a number of people out of their homes on Wednesday morning.

Charlotte Street has reopened as have Barrack Street and the Lecky flyover.

"Someone could have died. I would be very surprised if this wasn't down to one of the dissident groups here," Ch Insp Jon Burrows said.

"Do they want to create headlines of murder and destruction? What they are portraying is anti-Derry."

SDLP MLA Pat Ramsey said the alert had caused "major disruption".

"I understand an object was thrown at a PSNI Land Rover. Police then cordoned off the area until Army technical officers arrived," Mr Ramsey said.

"This is utterly unacceptable and there are older people living in the area close-by who do not need this kind of disruption."