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Man charged with attempted murder over 2008 bomb attack on Catholic police officer

Published 03/12/2015

A 38-year-old man is due in court charged with the attempted murder of a police officer more than six years ago.

He has also been charged with causing an explosion likely to endanger life or cause serious injury to property and membership of a proscribed organisation.

The suspect was arrested on Wednesday and is expected to appear before a sitting of Strabane Magistrates' Court later.

It is understood the charges are connected to a bomb attack on an off-duty Catholic police officer near Castlederg, Co Tyrone, in 2008.

Dissident republican extremists were blamed for detonating the under-car booby trap device.

The officer was pulled from the mangled wreckage by a member of the public and suffered serious but not life-threatening leg injuries.

Detectives from the Police Service of Northern Ireland's serious crime branch who are investigating the attack made three arrests on Wednesday.

A 44-year-old man remains in custody while a 37-year-old man was released unconditionally.

A police spokeswoman said the charges could be reviewed by the Public Prosecution Service.

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