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Two more arrests in Co Derry bomb investigation

The New IRA bomb was left at the home of a part time police officer on Monday April 19
Seamus McKinney

TWO more men have been arrested in connection with the police investigation into a New IRA bomb attack on the home of an off-duty police woman near Dungiven.

The part-time police officer, who is also a civilian worker with the PSNI, and her three-year-old daughter escaped injury when an explosive device attached to flammable liquid was left at her home last week.

Police said the device – which would have engulfed anyone nearby in a fireball – was left at the rear of the officer’s car beside where her daughter would normally sit. The New IRA later claimed responsibility for the attack.

Head of the PSNI’s Terrorism Investigation Unit, Richard Campbell confirmed that two men were arrested in Co Derry today in connection with the attempted bomb attack.

Detective Superintendent Campbell said: “A 47-year-old man, who was arrested in the Dungiven area, and a 48-year-old man, who was arrested in the Feeny area, have been taken to Musgrave Serious Crime Suite where they are being questioned by detectives.”

Two other men, aged 26 and 36, were arrested and later released without charge last week. The men were arrested in Derry city and Lettershandoney.

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