POLICE CARRYING OUT SEARCHES INTO VIOLENT DISSIDENT REPUBLICAN ACTIVITY
DETECTIVES investigating the activities of violent dissident republican terrorists across the North West are carrying out searches in Strabane.
The operations are being carried out in the Mourne Avenue, St Colman’s Drive and Innisfree Gardens areas.
The searches are in connection with a number of recent incidents across Derry City and Strabane including pipe bomb attacks in Melmount Villas, Strabane earlier this month and in Drumrallagh in Strabane in July.
Detective Inspector Michael Winters of the PSNI’s Terrorist Investigation Unit based at Maydown in Derry said: “We are committed to disrupting the activities of these groups.
“We know that the vast majority of people support us in our aims and will continue to stand with us as we work to dismantle these groups and free communities from the threat they pose.”
During the attack at Melmount Villas on Sunday, August 6, a pipe bomb was thrown the window of a pensioner’s bungalow.
It was later revealed that the device landed beside an elderly woman who was lying in bed when it landed beside her.
Her son, who had called to visit his mother, later lifted the device and threw it outside.
The attack was blamed on a previous drunken row between her son and a number of people in Strabane linked to violent dissident republicans.
PSNI Chief Inspector Alan Hutton branded the attack as “reckless” and said the elderly woman could have killed or seriously injured if the viable device had exploded.