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The scene at Ardanlee in the Culmore area of Derry in February

The scene at Ardanlee in the Culmore area of Derry in February

The scene at Ardanlee in the Culmore area of Derry in February

Two men have been arrested by police investigating a failed bomb attack at a police officer's home.

The 43-year-old and 59-year-old were arrested in connection with the attempted murder of an off duty police officer in Derry on February 22.

A viable under vehicle improvised explosive device was discovered at the home of the officer in the Ardanlee area.

Acting Detective Chief Inspector Peter McKenna said: “If this 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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