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Bomb 'bid to murder ex-officer'

By Anne Madden

Dissident republicans have been blamed for a pipe-bomb attack on a retired female police officer’s home which has been described as “an attempt to murder”.

The viable device, which was placed at the entrance to the woman’s house in the village of Laurencetown, Co Down, on Thursday, has been widely condemned by police chiefs and politicians.

District Commander, Chief Superintendent Alasdair Robinson, described it as “an abhorrent attack on a lady who has spent a large part of her life serving her community”.

It is understood she had only recently left the PSNI.

A police spokeswoman said last night the incident is being linked to dissident republicans.

The bomb was found in the Banbridge Road area of the village. Army bomb disposal experts examined it and carried out a controlled explosion.

The security alert caused major disruption and a number of residents were moved from their homes during the operation.

Mr Robinson said: “We are extremely fortunate that this device was located and made safe before someone was killed.

“This was an attempt to murder a police officer and the people behind this have shown a complete disregard for the entire community in Laurencetown.

“Had this device exploded anyone unfortunate enough to be passing by could have been seriously injured or worse.”

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