Belfast Telegraph

Two held over bomb under Derry officer's car

By David Young, PA

Two men have been arrested in connection with the attempted murder of an off-duty police officer in Londonderry.

An under-car booby trap bomb was found at the officer's home in the Ardanlee area in February.

The dissident republican group styling itself as the New IRA was blamed for the attack. The detained suspects are 43 and 59.

PSNI acting Detective Chief Inspector Peter McKenna said: "If this UVIED (under-vehicle improvised explosive device) had exploded with our colleague and his young family in the car, it would have had devastating consequences.

"I 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."

Mr McKenna added he believed people had information that could assist the investigation. He appealed for them to come forward and make contact with detectives.

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