Claudy attacks "reckless" says senior PSNI officer
14 Sep 2011
Attacks in Claudy 'reckless and desperate'
G District Commander, Chief Superintendent Stephen Martin, has described two attacks in Claudy as 'reckless' and 'desperate'.
The attacks, which saw a device explode at the home of a serving police officer and a viable device left at the home of a Forensic Medical Officer, took place during the early hours of Wednesday, 14 September.
Chief Superintendent Martin said he had no doubt that the Real IRA were behind the attacks.
"Around midnight on Wednesday police received a report of two cars on fire in separate areas of Derry. Following this officers discovered a suspect device in the garden of a house. The occupants of the house were removed from the dwelling and a subsequent examination by ATO revealed a viable device, capable of causing damage, injury or death."
Shortly after 7am a police officer returned to his home to find a device had exploded at the front door. Both the addresses were in the general Claudy area.
Searches were undertaken during the morning and three men, two of them aged 36 and one aged 28 years old, were arrested. They are currently assisting police with their enquiries."
The Chief Superintendent said: "This doctor has served his community for more than 40 years; he has spent his life helping others. The police officer has served for just under three years. Both are servants of the community and are determined to continue their duties in support of the community."
"The actions of those responsible for these attacks are completely against the wishes of the people of the North West who are looking forward to investment, tourism and hope.
"I do not know what these people hope to achieve. There is no logic, no rationale and no legitimacy to their actions.
"The men who have had to leave their homes because of these attacks are shaken but they will be back out today serving the community."