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Dissident attack on PSNI officer was sickening and cowardly, says Justice Minister Sugden

By Adrian Rutherford

The Justice Minister has strongly condemned yesterday's attack. Claire Sugden said it was "a sickening and cowardly" attempt to cause death or injury.

"This officer serves the community of Northern Ireland and risks his life to keep people safe," she said.

"I pay tribute to the officer for his vigilance and my thoughts are with him and his family at what must be a very upsetting time.

"There is no place in civil society for these mindless acts of violence, and no possible justification. Attacks on police officers are attacks on our whole community.

"Those intent on bringing Northern Ireland back to the dark days of violence have absolutely nothing to offer our community, and they will be brought to justice."

Ms Sugden also voiced her concern at the discovery of a viable device found earlier in the day outside a home in Sion Mills.

The minister added: "I would urge anyone with information on either incident to bring it to the police."

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