Bomb defused in Derry

According to the Sky News report below another viable explosive device has been discovered in the North.  Dissident groups are clearly upping the anti across the province at the moment causing real concern across communities on all sides.  What is clear is that the Security forces are onto of their activities.  What is not clear is when they will learn that this island, both North and South want peace.

A viable device has been recovered during a security alert at a residential street in Northern Ireland, police have said.

Residents were evacuated from their homes in the Gelvin Gardens area of the city of Derry, in Londonderry, as the device was made safe.

It is believed to be a pipe bomb, according to the Derry Now news website.

Detective Sergeant Brian Reid said the device, discovered at around 5pm on Sunday, was seized for forensic examination.

A day earlier, explosives and bomb-making equipment were discovered in Carnfunnock Country Park, in County Antrim, after a report from the member of the public.

Weapons found in County Antrim

The weapons haul was found in Carnfunnock Country Park, County Antrim

Officers found several small plastic barrels buried in a wooded area of the park containing bomb-making components, including partially constructed devices and a small quantity of explosives.

Detective Chief Inspector Gillian Kearney said the items would be “subjected to a detailed forensic examination”.

The scene after a car bomb exploded in Belfast Pic: @belfastjj

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“Until this has been completed, it is too early to link these items to any particular grouping, but we are following a number of lines of inquiry,” she said.

Both finds come after a prison officer was wounded when a bomb exploded under his van in east Belfast on Friday.

Three men and a woman have been arrested over the attack, for which a group calling itself the New IRA has reportedly claimed responsibility.

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In a statement to the BBC the dissident republican group said the 52-year-old officer was targeted because he was involved in training other guards at HMP Maghaberry, near Lisburn.

The married father of three was said to be one of a number on a list of potential targets and the attack arose from a dispute over the treatment of dissident republican inmates.

Police have warned the public that dissidents are planning acts of violence in the run-up to the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising against British rule in Ireland.