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Appeal to Belfast revellers in hunt for PSNI bombers

The bomb under the car at the Shandon Golf Club.
The bomb under the car at the Shandon Golf Club.

Police investigating an attempted bomb attack on an off-duty officer, have appealed to the Belfast public who were out socialising over the weekend and to taxi drivers to get in touch as they may hold crucial information.

An undercar bomb was found on a Jeep in the car park of the Shandon Golf Club on Saturday afternoon.  Around 70 people were evacuated from the club as a tournament took place. Families and children were among those caught up in the disruption.

Dissident republicans have been blamed and one theory police are investigating is that the device was planted on the car before it arrived at the golf club.

The target, who is believed to be a top officer, had completed his full round of golf before the device was spotted and the club evacuated.

Investigators have appealed to local residents who have CCTV cameras installed on their properties or drivers with dash cams who were in the vicinity to get in touch.

In a further appeal for information on Monday evening, police appealed to those who may have been out on Friday night and were in the Ballyhackamore or Upper Newtownards Road areas between midnight and 2am on Saturday to get in touch.

"This was the early hours of Saturday morning when people will have been out socialising. The area will have been busy and I’d appeal to taxi drivers to consider if they have any dash-cam footage, to contact Terrorism Investigation Unit detectives on 101,” Detective Superintendent Sean Wright said.

Police have identified two vehicles they believe were used in the attack.

One of the cars, a Republic-registered green Skoda Octavia with the number plate 01 D 78089, is of central interest to the PSNI's terrorism investigation unit. The other vehicle of interest is a silver Saab 95, registration NFZ 3216.

 “This was an appalling, cowardly attack on not just a police officer but on the local community and Northern Ireland as a whole," added Detective Superintendent Sean Wright.

"I have already asked for people who were in the areas of Green Road, Knockhill Park, Upper Newtownards Road, Shandon Park and Shandon Park Golf Club anytime between 10pm on Friday 31 May and 7.30am on Saturday 1 June to come forward and I’ve encouraged anyone who lives in those areas and has CCTV to speak to my team."

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