A GROUP of 30 schoolchildren had to be evacuated from a swimming pool during a pipe bomb alert.
The children from Castletown and Monreagh primary schools in Carrigans, east Donegal, were attending the Templemore sports complex in Derry when the alarm was raised following the discovery of a suspicious object.
They were evacuated wearing just their swimwear in the second bomb scare at the complex in less than a week.
A parent said last night that they were lucky to be safe.
"They didn't have time to get their clothes or their bags or anything. They were wrapped in foil to keep warm when they got out but thankfully they are all safe," she said.
British Army Technical Officers was sent to the scene to make safe what is believed to have been a pipe bomb.
Last week the complex -- used as an election count centre -- was evacuated as votes were being counted and a controlled explosion carried out after a viable device was discovered in a hijacked car left in the car park.
SDLP councillor Mark Durkan called on those responsible for the latest attack to "wise up".
"Those responsible for planting this device have once again caused great distress and fear -- especially for the local schoolchildren who had to be evacuated from the swimming pool.
"Children had to be taken back to school with their clothes still in the building.
"The victims today have been schoolchildren. The other night they were old-age pensioners. Those responsible have clearly shown they do not care about those who suffer as a result of their actions.
"I would also like to take this opportunity to praise the Templemore staff who have had go through this traumatic ordeal twice now."