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Top PSNI officer understood to have driven car to Belfast golf club with bomb attached

The device was hidden under the car at Shandon Park Golf Club in east Belfast
The device was hidden under the car at Shandon Park Golf Club in east Belfast

A senior PSNI officer is understood to have driven his car to an east Belfast golf club unaware that a booby trap bomb had been placed underneath his car.

The Irish News reports that the 55-year-old officer parked his car at the Shandon Park Golf Club at around 7.30am on Saturday.

The paper reports the device, believed to have been planted by dissident republicans from the so-called New IRA, was placed under the car outside the officer's home sometime between 10pm on Friday night and 1.30am 

Two get away cars used by the terrorists were set alight in the Ardoyne area in north Belfast.

The fire service were call at 1.48am on Saturday morning after reports that two cars were on fire at the back of homes at Etna Drive.

The target, who is believed to be a top PSNI officer, had completed his full round of golf before the device was spotted and the golf club evacuated.

Police have identified two vehicles they believe were used in the attack.

One of the cars, a Republic-registered green Skoda Octavia with the number plate 01 D 78089, is of central interest to the PSNI's terrorism investigation unit. The other vehicle of interest is a silver Saab 95, registration NFZ 3216.

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