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Man arrested over attempted murder of police officer in Derry released unconditionally

A booby-trap device fell from the car of a serving police officer outside his home in Derry in February last year. Picture by Margaret McLaughlin

A MAN who had been arrested in connection with an attempted bomb attack on the car of a PSNI officer in Derry last year has been released unconditionally.

The 41-year-old had been arrested in the Creggan area on Wednesday.

The 'New IRA' claimed responsibility for the attack at Ardanlee in the Culmore area of the city on February 22 last year.

A viable under vehicle improvised explosive device (UVIED) was discovered under the car of a serving police officer outside his home. He was forced to move from the city following the murder attempt.

It is understood that the device exploded prematurely as soon as army technical officers began to deal with it.

A few days before Christmas, a 37-year-old man was arrested in the Ballymagroarty area in connection with the attack but was also released unconditionally.

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