Assistant Chief Constable for District Policing Mark Hamilton said: “Following a large scale search operation in the Creggan area of Derry/Londonderry, police located a suspect device in a parked vehicle.
“A clearance operation was commenced with a number of families being asked to leave their homes for their own safety.
“After a lengthy operation, the Army Bomb Disposal Team made safe a Command Wire Initiated Improvised Explosive Device. We assess that this device was to be used against a police patrol in the Creggan area of the city. It is our assessment that the New IRA is responsible for this bomb. The bomb would have killed or maimed anyone near it when it detonated.