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Watch: Footage released of cars involved in attempted murder of police officer

Police have released CCTV footage of cars used by terrorists in the attempted murder of a PSNI officer.

A bomb containing high powered plastic explosives was placed under the 55-year-old officer's car outside his home last Friday June 1.

It was discovered by a member of the public after the officer parked outside Shandon Golf Club the following morning.

Police previously appealed for information in relation to two vehicles involved in the murder attempt.

The cars are a green coloured Skoda Octavia, registration 01D 78089 and a silver coloured SAAB 95, registration NFZ 3216. 

Detective Superintendent Sean Wright said that police believe the vehicles were used to plant the bomb under the officer's car.

Police said that the Skoda travelled on the M1 from Lurgan direction towards Belfast after 10pm that Friday. 

They have released new CCTV showing the two cars coming into East Belfast at 12.08am.

After this, the SAAB disappears for over an hour. The Skoda continues its journey along the Newtownards Road before disappearing around 12.18am.

Police said that both cars travelled along the Newtownards Road at the same time towards the officer’s house in East Belfast at 1.26am.

The New IRA were behind the device planted under a police officer’s car
The New IRA were behind the device planted under a police officer’s car

"This is when I believe they planted the bomb," Detective Superintendent Wright said.

"On the CCTV we can see the two cars travelling back along the Newtownards Road at 1.33am. I believe that the terrorists had already planted the bomb by this time and were fleeing the scene.

“We have already established that shortly after this at 1.50am, these two cars were reported having been set on fire on Etna Drive, North Belfast. However, there is over an hour – from around ten past midnight until twenty five past one - where these cars are unaccounted for and I want to know where they were. 

“Our investigations indicate that the cars remained in East Belfast, in and around Lower Newtownards Road, Mersey Street, Sydenham, Short Strand, Albertsbridge Road and Beersbridge Road. Did you see them?"

Detective Superintendent Wright appealed to anyone who may have in the area and noticed anything suspicious.

“This was a Friday night and East Belfast will have been busy. If you were out in the area I am asking you to check your photos, CCTV or dash cam and if you have any pictures that may be relevant please get in touch," he said.

Detective Superintendent Sean Wright provides an update to media at PSNI Headquarters on Friday, in relation to the attempted murder of a police officer in east Belfast on Saturday 1 June at Shandon Golf Club. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Detective Superintendent Sean Wright provides an update to media at PSNI Headquarters on Friday, in relation to the attempted murder of a police officer in east Belfast on Saturday 1 June at Shandon Golf Club. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

“Violent dissident republicans have already demonstrated that they do not care who they hurt or who they kill nor do they listen to the overwhelming wishes of our communities – they are simply anti-peace and anti-democracy. Their reckless violence cannot be allowed to continue and I ask for public support to help me identify the people involved so that we can stop them from harming our communities in the future.

“Finally, if you do not have information about this incident but you suspect that someone you know is a member of a dissident republican group, then contact detectives on 101 or let us know through the confidential Crimestoppers number on 0800 555 111.”

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