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FOUR people were arrested in Derry on Sunday, and another today, in connection with Saturday’s bomb blast in the town centre which destroyed a car parked in front of the local courthouse.
The attack was swiftly condemned by Sinn Fein as a “blatant and outrageous attack on the people of Derry.”
No injuries occurred from the explosion which was believed to have been the result of a car bomb, with police tipped off via a call from a charity hotline in England.
“Fortunately the bombing didn’t kill anybody but clearly it was a very significant attempt to kill people here in this community,” police spokesman Mark Hamilton said.
It is believed that the attack may have been co-ordinated by the Real IRA, a small dissident republican group based in the north of Ireland.
Sinn Fein president Mary Lou McDonald branded the bombing “an act of absolute aggression on the people of Derry.”
“These people [the Real IRA] have no support. These are minuscule, fringe elements that bring nothing positive to the table.
Ms McDonald said: “I would appeal to everybody in the community to remain firm in our collective resolve to move our politics forward and to those who are responsible – shame on you, shame on you and stop.”
The fifth person arrested, aged 50, was detained under the Terrorism Act
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