Police Service Northern Ireland (PSNI) reported that two men were shot in "paramilitary-style attacks" in the Ballymagroarty area of Londonderry (Northern Ireland) around 20:00 (local time) on Friday, February 1. Similar attacks are possible in Northern Ireland over the near term.
A vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) detonated near the city courthouse in Londonderry on January 19, resulting in no casualties. A group referring to itself as the "IRA" claimed responsibility for the incident; police arrested two people in connection with the blast.
Londonderry was a focal point of the Troubles, a violent conflict between Irish nationalists and Unionists in Northern Ireland. An estimated 3500 people were killed and nearly 50,000 others wounded in the conflict from the 1960s until 1998, when the Good Friday Agreement was signed. Sporadic low-level violence continues in the region.
Individuals in Londonderry and throughout Northern Ireland are advised to monitor developments to the situation, report suspicious objects and behavior to the police, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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