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Man arrested over attempted murder of Londonderry PSNI officer

The 49-year-old is the fifth to be arrested after a New IRA car bomb was found at an officer's home in 2017

By Allan Preston

A 49-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the attempted murder of an off-duty police officer in Londonderry.

A viable Under Vehicle Improvised Explosive Device (UVIED) was discovered at the home of the officer in the Ardenlee area on February 22, 2017.

The man was arrested in the Creggan area under the Terrorism Act and taken to Musgrave Serious Crime Suite for questioning.

He is now the fifth person to be arrested for the crime.

Detective Inspector Peter McKenna is leading the investigation.

“If this device had exploded with our colleague and his young family in the car it would have had devastating consequences," he said.

"We 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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