Belfast Telegraph

Police arrest 20-year-old over roadside bomb attack

By Brett Campbell

A man has been arrested by police investigating an explosion in Strabane on Tuesday night.

The 20-year-old was seized in Newtownstewart yesterday morning, then taken to Belfast for questioning.

Police said it was a miracle the roadside bomb, which went off when three officers were on patrol in the area, killed no one.

"It is extremely fortunate that we are not talking about the deaths of police officers or members of the public," Chief Inspector Ivor Morton added.

He also condemned the attack and those behind it and thanked the local community for "patience and understanding" during what he called a necessary and prolonged policing operation following an attack that showed a "callous disregard" for the safety of local people.

Householders evacuated from their homes after the blast have since returned.

Anyone with information can pass it on via the non-emergency 101 number or through Crimestoppers.

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