device left in a hijacked car outside a police station in Londonderry on Sunday was a viable bomb, officers have confirmed.
Police had beforehand said the thing was an elaborate hoax made to appear to be a car bomb.
During the incident a supply driver was hijacked by three masked men and made to drive his car to Waterside police station, the place it was deserted.
It sparked a significant safety alert which led to some children not having the ability to get to school on Monday.
Providing an replace on the investigation, PSNI Assistant Chief Constable Bobby Singleton said: “Following further technical examination of the object recovered from a hijacked vehicle outside Waterside police station on Sunday evening, police can now confirm it was a viable explosive device.
“This further underlines the reckless and callous disregard by those responsible for the safety of the driver, the local community and the police officers who serve them.
“I would again appeal to anyone who was in the vicinity of Milldale Crescent in Curryneirin or in the vicinity of Waterside police station on Sunday evening around 10.30pm to come forward with information on 101 or through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
The incident got here simply days after police said they believed the New IRA may very well be chargeable for an incident by which two officers escaped injury when their car was focused in a bomb assault in Strabane, Co Tyrone.
On Tuesday night, detectives from the PSNI Terrorism Investigation Unit carried out a search at a property within the Sion Mills area in relation to the Strabane assault.
A number of things have been seized and brought away for additional forensic examination.
Politicians from throughout Northern Ireland have condemned the latest safety assaults.
Speaking throughout a go to to Derry on Tuesday, Sinn Fein vice chairman Michelle O’Neill branded the latest incidents “futile and reckless”.
She said: “It causes nothing – only chaos and dysfunction to people of this city and also in Strabane.
“I think these actions have no place in today’s society and as political leaders we must call it out when we see it.
“This could have had catastrophic implications. We could have had the loss of life of two police officers.
“These people are in conflict with the community in which they live.”