Police warn of fire bomb attacks

Several stores have been damaged in recent attacks

Dissident republicans may be planning fire bomb attacks across the north west, the police have warned.

The warning comes after the Linton and Robinson store in Strabane was destroyed by an incendiary device at the weekend.

The police say businesses in Londonderry, Coleraine, Strabane and Ballymena should review their security.

Superintendent Tony Weston also appealed to the shopping public to remain vigilant.

On Wednesday, he condemned those behind the weekend attack and expressed concern that the terrorists may be planning further attacks.

"These devices put lives and property at risk and cause unnecessary disruption to all," he said.

"We are asking the public and store owners, to be extra vigilant. If you see something suspicious please contact the police immediately.

"We would remind traders to be alert to ensure their premises remain secure during peak trading times.

"We would also advise business owners and managers to review security measures and check premises thoroughly both during and after trading. An extra few minutes could make a difference."

Dissident republicans were linked to a spate of fire bombings which destroyed several stores across the province last month.

At least 16 devices were discovered in Lisburn, Newry, Antrim, Londonderry, Newtownabbey and Ballymena in the run up to and throughout the Christmas period.

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