21 September 2017
East Londonderry DUP MP Gregory Campbell has called for further action to be taken against dissident republican terrorists in rural areas of the North West.
DUP Spokesman on International Development and Cabinet Office
"There have been numerous attacks, and attempted attacks in rural parts of the North West, Eglinton, Lettershandoney and the surrounding areas in that time. Pipe bomb attacks, threats against people in the area, pipe bomb finds have all occurred with increasing frequency.
I have been in contact with the NIO regarding a number of security service personnel who have been targeted. Whilst I am aware of increased patrolling in the vicinity by security services, this needs to be stepped up. We need to ensure serving personnel have all the necessary security measures in place. I am deeply concerned that in some cases, this is not happening.
We also need to see unequivocal condemnation of these types of incident from all sections of those who represent Nationalists and Republicans in these areas.
At the commencement of the troubles when there were similar type of attacks on Unionists who lived on the West Bank of Londonderry there was a muted response from Nationalist representatives then, what amounted to ethnic cleansing took place with silence being the main reaction from within that community, we must not see a repeat, even on a smaller scale, to that issue which left a City more divided than it had ever been before.
The NIO must be more pro active, the Police need to step up their active patrolling and the wider community have a responsibility to act immediately in supplying information about those who are terrorising in their area as this has the potential to spread and further intensify.
Given the rise in bomb alerts in the north-west it is clear there is a need for a bomb disposal unit to be based in the area."