Belfast Telegraph

Four men arrested in connection with explosive device 'designed to kill' police officers

Police have asked anyone with information to come forward

Detectives from the PSNI’s Serious Crime Branch arrested four men in connection with a viable explosive device on Monday.

The device was left in the Pantridge Road area of west Belfast on October 30, 2017.

Police discovered the device after a three day search of the area. A number of homes were evacuated during the search.

Detective Inspector Adrian Brown said the device was intended to kill or seriously injure police officers.

“Our investigation into this incident is progressing and today we arrested three men in Belfast aged 21, 34 and 60, as well as a 29 year old man in Dungannon. They were all arrested under the Terrorism Act and have been taken to Musgrave Serious Crime Suite where they are currently being questioned," he said.

“The device, which was explosively formed projectile - EFP - a weapon that is primarily designed to attack armoured vehicles and kill the occupants within, caused widespread disruption at the end of last year.

"While it was clearly designed to kill or seriously injure police officers serving the local community in west Belfast, it was left in a position where there was every possibility that it could have killed or maimed members of the public.

“Those responsible showed callous disregard for the safety of members of the public and police officers and we were extremely fortunate that no one was killed or seriously injured."

Police appealed for information.

Update: A 60-year-old arrested by police was released pending report to the Public Prosecution Service.

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