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Police arrest man in Derry under-car bomb investigation

The bomb exploded outside the police officer's home at Ardanlee in Derry. Picture by Margaret McLaughlin
Seamus McKinney

A man has been arrested in connection with a dissident republican bomb attempt on a police officer in Derry last year.

The 46-year-old man is being questioned about an under-vehicle bomb placed under the officer’s car in February last year.

The device was discovered at Ardanlee in the city’s Culmore area. Described as an UVIED (Under Vehicle Improvised Explosive Device), the bomb exploded as British army technical officers were attempting to defuse it.

Following the bomb attempt, PSNI detective inspector, Peter McKenna said police believed the 'New IRA' was behind what he described as a “cowardly” attack. Mr McKenna said if the bomb had exploded while the intended target and his family were in the car, the consequences would have been devastating.

Today's arrest is the sixth in connection with the attempted attack. The man was last night being questioned at the PSNI’s Musgrave serious crime suite under the Terrorism Act.

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