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Man arrested over murder bid on Derry police officer released

A man arrested in connection with the attempted murder of an off-duty officer on February 22 this year has been released unconditionally.

The 37-year-old was arrested in the Ballymagroarty area of Derry by detectives investigating the discovery of an explosive device at the home of the officer in the Ardanlee area of the city.

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

Detective Inspector 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 everyone’s safety 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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