Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 22 July 2014

Two arrested after 'attempted murder' petrol bomb attack in Derry

The house in Derry's Waterside where a man was set on fire after two men threw a petrol bomb in through the front window of his home on Friday night
The house in Derry's Waterside where a man was set on fire after two men threw a petrol bomb in through the front window of his home on Friday night

A 44-year-old woman and a 25-year-old man have been arrested in connection with the attempted murder of a man in Derry during a horrific petrol bomb attack at his home.

Police are treating the petrol bomb attack in the Ben Varden Avenue area on the evening of Friday as attempted murder.

A 45-year-old man is currently fighting for his life in hospital following the attack.

He had been in the living room of his home in the Waterside area of Derry when two male youths smashed the window and threw a lit petrol bomb directly towards him.

The attack happened at about 11.10pm on Friday.

The man had to be rescued by two neighbours.

PSNI Inspector Jon Burrows, area commander in Foyle said he was lucky to be alive.

"He was pulled from the property by two neighbours who risked their own lives. Contrast that with the actions of the two cowards who threw the petrol bomb. But, for the actions of those neighbours this man could possibly have died," said Inspector Burrows.

The two suspects who were dressed in grey hooded tops and used scarves to cover their faces made off on foot in the direction of Dervock Place.

Inspector Burrows said police were still working to establish a motive and urged anyone with information to come forward.

"We would appeal to anyone who has information that could help our investigation to speak to us," said the senior officer.

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