The remnants of a pipe-bomb have been found by a child in the Waterside area of Derry-Londonderry.
The six-year-old boy picked up the device in the garden of a house in the Curlew Way area yesterday evening.
Police say it appears as though it had already been detonated.
The child's mother has been speaking to QRadio and believes the attack was sectarian related, because she has catholic friends who regularly visit the home.
LISTEN: The boy's mother speaks to QRadio:
Detective Inspector Michael Winters said: "Our enquiries are at an early stage, however, it appears at this time the device had detonated prior to it being lifted by the young boy.
"While this was not a live device, the fact a young boy found it and lifted it shows the blatant disregard by those responsible for leaving it there. It was completely reckless.
A child last night narrowly escaped death after lifting the remains of a pipe bomb in #Derry.— Leona O'Neill (@LeonaONeill1) 22 May 2019
Police say the young boy found the detonated bomb in a garden of a house in Curlew Way, Clooney Estate, while playing at teatime, calling those behind this attack ‘completely reckless’ pic.twitter.com/O9dbs1uw2n
“I want to appeal to anyone who has information about this to contact detectives at Strand Road on the non emergency number 101, quoting reference number 2084 of 21/05/19."
"Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime."
"I also want to take this opportunity to remind the public if anyone comes across anything suspicious, please call police immediately."