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Pictured: The grenade launcher used in attack aimed at murdering PSNI officers in north Belfast

This is the grenade launcher used in an attempt to murder police officers in north Belfast.

An image has emerged purporting show the device used to fire a grenade fired at a PSNI Land Rover on Sunday night.

It was branded a "calculated attempt to kill" by dissident republicans, police said.

The attack took place at the troubled Ardoyne interface in north Belfast and the explosion was of such force that it penetrated the outer skin of the heavily armoured vehicle.

Police said a man ran out of Brompton Park and across the Crumlin Road at around 11.20pm.

He steadied himself before firing a handheld launcher at the patrol vehicle parked 60 feet away from him.

The device passed through the Land Rover's outer shell but ricocheted off heavier armour on the driver's side before blowing up.

PSNI superintendent Muir Clark said the attack was a "cold calculated attempt to kill police officers".

"This device had the capacity to kill the police officers that were in the vehicle and any member of the public that may have been nearby," he said.

"We are extremely thankful that no one has been seriously hurt."

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