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Man (45) charged with murder bid on prison officer in Belfast

By David Young, PA

Published 12/03/2016

A 45-year-old man has been charged with the attempted murder of a prison officer in Belfast
A 45-year-old man has been charged with the attempted murder of a prison officer in Belfast

A 45-year-old man has been charged with the attempted murder of a prison officer in Belfast.

The suspect also faces a charge of possessing explosives with intent to endanger life.

The victim of the attack, a 52-year-old married father-of-three, needed surgery after the dissident republican bomb detonated under the van he was driving on Friday, March 4.

The attack happened at Hillsborough Drive in the east of the city as the man was making his way into work.

The bomb only partially exploded, according to police. If it had detonated completely the man could have lost his life or been much more seriously injured. A group calling itself the IRA claimed responsibility.

A 39-year-old man also questioned about the bombing has been released by police pending a report to prosecutors. Detectives have been granted another 12 hours to question another detained man, aged 34, about the murder bid.

The charged man will appear in court in Belfast.

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