Bus driver ordered to take bomb to Derry police station

November 21, 2013 8:25 AM

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Bus driver ordered to take bomb to Derry police station

A bus driver has been ordered to drive to a police station in Londonderry with a bomb on board.

Two men boarded the bus in Ballymagroarty estate in the city and ordered the driver to go to Strand Road police station.

Ciaran Rogan from Translink, Northern Ireland's public transport operator, said the bus driver managed to get the passengers off the bus before she brought it to "a place of safety".

Homes were evacuated in the Northland Road area on Wednesday evening while Army bomb disposal officers examined the object.

Northern Ireland Transport Minister Danny Kennedy praised the "bravery" of the bus driver.

"The driver showed immense courage under very difficult circumstances," he said.

"Attacks on public transport impact the entire community who depend on buses and trains to get to work, school, hospital and go about their daily business," he added.

In County Antrim, residents also spent part of the night out of their homes in Portglenone, after a suspicious object was found on Main Street at 04:30 GMT.

Source: bbc.co.uk

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