A pipe-bomb exploded outside the home of a Catholic police officer's father, it was confirmed last night.
The front window of the house in Durmalane, Newry, was blown in and minor damage caused to a wall last night. There were no injuries.
The householder heard a noise at his front door and was on his way to investigate when the device exploded.
Earlier this year a dissident republican car bomb device exploded outside a courthouse in the city.
Police have warned recenty that the paramilitaries in Northern Ireland posed their greatest threat since the 1998 Omagh bomb attack.
SDLP Newry and Armagh MLA Dominic Bradley has condemned those responsible for the pipe- bomb attack.
He said: “Attacks on the police and their families will not be tolerated by the people of Newry.
“My message to those responsible is that they should lay off and go away.”