Suspected car bomb explodes in front of Northern Ireland courtroom

Belfast, Jan 20 A car bomb exploded outside a courtroom in downtown Londonderry, a city in Northern Ireland, with no immediate reports of damages or injuries, police said on Sunday.
Police believe that the bomb was planted in a van went off around 8:15pm local time on Bishop Street in the city center. Police received tips about the incident half an hour before the blast, the Irish Times reported

When they arrived at the scene, the vehicle, reportedly a hijacked pizza delivery van, was already engulfed in flames. After the fire was put out, only the scorched carcass of the vehicle remained.
The area was put on lockdown, with bars and clubs located on the busy street were evacuated and forced to close.
The leader of Norther Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party, an ally of Theresa May’s minority government, has also denounced the incident as a “pointless act of terror.”

But there is speculation that the bomb was detonated by the New IRA, an alliance of republican militant groups that has conducted similar attacks in Londonderry, also known as Derry, in the past and has been involved in violence against police.

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