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Man arrested after bomb found at PSNI officer's house in Derry released

A 41-year-old man arrested in connection with the attempted murder of an off-duty police officer last year has been released.

A viable Under Vehicle Improvised Explosive Device (UVIED) was discovered at the home of the officer in the Ardanlee area on February 22.

The man was arrested in the Creggan area of the city under the Terrorism Act and has been taken to Musgrave Serious Crime Suite where is he being questioned by police.

He was later released unconditionally. Those arrested under The Terrorism Act must either be charged or released unconditionally. Bail is not permitted under the legislation.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Inspector Peter McKenna, said: “If this device had exploded with our colleague and his young family in the car it would have had devastating consequences.

"Police believe the New IRA are responsible for this cowardly attack during which they put the safety of all members of the community at risk as the device was left in a residential area and could have exploded at any time.

“I would like to thank the public for their assistance to date but I believe there are still people in the community who hold vital pieces of information that could assist police and I would appeal to them to make contact with Detectives on 101 or alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”

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