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Two men arrested in connection with Dungiven bomb attempt

Two men have been arrested in connection with last Monday's attempted bombing at the home of a serving police officer near Dungiven.
Seamus McKinney

TWO men have been arrested by police investigating a bomb which was left near a policewoman's car in Co Derry.

A 26-year-old man was arrested in the Creggan area of Derry while a 36-year-old man was detained in Lettershandoney, close to the city.

The New IRA has claimed it was responsible for leaving the device outside a property at Ballyquin Road near Dungiven on Monday morning

Police said the device, an explosive connected to flammable liquid, was left at the rear of the officer's car, beside where her three-year-old daughter would normally sit.

PSNI Assistant Chief Constable, Mark McEwan said the device was designed to cause a “fireball which would have engulfed the victim's car and anyone in it or close by”.

Head of the PSNI's terrorism investigation unit, Richard Campbell said two men were arrested yesterda under the Terrorism Act.

Both men were being questioned last night by detectives at Musgrave serious crime suite in Belfast.

Police have also launched a “major incident public portal” in an effort to obtain more information about the bomb attack.

Detective Superintendent Campbell said anyone with information about the incident, or anyone with video or dash-cam footage relevant to the investigation, could upload it to the portal.

“This was a cowardly and despicable act carried out by desperate people. They deserve no support from any part of our community,” he said.

The major incident public portal can be accessed at: https://mipp.police.uk/operation/PSNI21Q07-PO1

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