Belfast Telegraph

Two held over car bomb bid to kill policeman

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 of Derry 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.

"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 the confidential Crimestoppers number on 0800 555 111."

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