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Man (38) questioned on suspicion of possession of explosives

A pressure plate bomb found in Ballyarnett Village, Derry, in October 2014

POLICE have questioned a 38-year-old man in connection with the attempted murder of PSNI officers in Derry in 2014.

Detectives investigating dissident republican groups arrested the man yesterday morning on suspicion of possession of explosives with intent to endanger life.

He was later released, with a report to be forwarded to the Public Prosecution Service.

Dissidents attempted to kill police during a bogus report of a burglary in the Ballyarnett village area in October 2014.

A pressure plate device attached to a pipe bomb was placed under a doormat at the back gate of a house.

Earlier this month, police said the dissident group known as the 'IRA' had developed a new type of under-car bomb.

A pressure plate car bomb used in an attempt to kill an off-duty PSNI officer in February this year is thought to have been similar to the Ballyarnett device.

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