Blast outside N Ireland mall

2010-10-05 10:43

London - A bomb planted in a car exploded outside a shopping centre in the Northern Irish city of Londonderry on Tuesday, causing substantial damage but no injuries, police said.

"Shortly after midnight a device in a Corsa car exploded outside a bank at the rear of the DaVinci retail complex" in the city, said a spokesperson from the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

"A warning had been received just over an hour earlier and a cordon was in place.

"Initial inquiries suggest there were no injuries. Substantial damage has been caused to the retail complex and to the car."

Evacuations had been carried out in the surrounding area from dozens of houses and a number of businesses, said the spokesperson.