Police appeal after shots fired at police landrover

Police appeal after shots fired at police landrover

PSNI officers narrowly escaped injury after dissident republican gunmen raked a police landrover with gunfire.

The window of the vehicle was hit twice as it was being driven along Westland Street, close to the Bogside Inn, in Derry

The incident occurred shortly before 1.00 am yesterday although police have only released details of the incident this afternoon,

None of the officers in the land rover were injured in the attack which police have described as “reckless.”

Superintendent Garry Eaton, the G District Operations Manager, said: “It is fortunate that we are not speaking about deaths or injuries today.

“Members of the crew were kept safe by protective equipment on the vehicle, however if the shots had missed, then anyone walking or standing on the street could have been hit.

“The officers were carrying out normal patrolling to keep the community safe.

“Those who organised and carried out the attack were totally reckless and showed total disregard for the lives of people in that community.

“Despite this incident, we remain committed to providing the people of Derry with the type of positive and dedicated policing that they ask and expect of us.”

Supt Eaton asked anyone with information to contact police at Strand Road on the police non-emergency number 101.

Alternatively, it can be provided to the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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