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Londonderry: explosion in front of the courthouse in Northern Ireland

In the Northern Irish city of Londonderry there was an explosion in front of a court. The background is not clear, the police investigate the evidence of a car bomb. Politicians are already talking about a plot.

After a violent explosion in the city of Londonderry, Northern Ireland, the police are investigating. On Twitter, the forces posted a picture showing a fireball in front of a court and wrote: "Bishop Street Locked – Stay Away – Suspected Car Bomb".

There are evacuation measures for a suspect second vehicle, police said. According to previous information, but he had been wounded neimand.

Politicians condemn accidents as "stopped"

Several politicians are already talking about an attack. Arlene Forster, former head of the Northern Ireland government and leader of the conservative DUP party, called the explosion a "futile act of terrorism" that had to be "condemned in the strongest terms".

Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney wrote on Twitter about a "car bomb terrorist attack" aimed at bringing Northern Ireland back to violence and conflict.

Northern Ireland MP, Gary Middleton, called the explosion a "backward step".

3,500 deaths in decades of conflict over Northern Ireland

During the decades of the bloody conflict in Northern Ireland, in which Irish nationalist Catholics and British Protestant loyalists fought, car bombs killed many people.

From the 60s, 3,500 people died in the conflict ended in 1998 with the Good Friday Agreement. Ensures, among other things, a sharing of power between Protestants and Catholics.

Observers fear that hostilities may resurrect after Britain's exit from the EU, in the worst case, Brexit between Ireland and Northern Ireland could create an external border of the EU with strict controls that could lead to tensions between populations.

Previous efforts to prevent such border controls through an agreement have not been successful.

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