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Officer injured by Christine Connor 'lucky to be alive'

By Aaron Tinney

A police officer injured in Christine Connor's double pipe bomb ambush has said he feels lucky to be alive.

His son was just three-months-old when Connor hurled her two homemade grenade-style devices at him and a PSNI colleague in north Belfast.

He said: "My colleague and I had knocked at the door of the house where we believed a woman was being assaulted.

"I became suspicious when there was no response at the door and there were no lights on in the house. A recent, previous attack on police was also in the back of my mind and I turned away from the property to make further investigations. That was when I heard a noise behind me - which was the device landing at my heel.

"My adrenaline kicked in and I started running away but tripped and fell just as the first device exploded.

"I saw someone coming towards me and a second device hitting the ground.

"I got up and ran into an alleyway just as this device exploded. I remember the noise was deafening and there was smoke."

The officer said his training kicked in, adding: "I drew my weapon to protect myself and the public, who were now coming out of their houses to see what was happening. My colleague and I advised them to go back inside for their own safety.

"I feel very lucky to be alive and I have no doubt that if I wasn't able to run away from the devices being thrown I would not be here today. I am very fortunate that me and my colleague did not suffer serious injuries.

"I will never forget that night, but it has made me more determined to do my job as a police officer and protect the public."

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