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Man arrested in connection with attempted murder of part-time PSNI officer

A viable device was left at the home of a female police officer near Dungiven in Co Derry in April

A MAN has been arrested in connection with the attempted murder of a part-time police officer.

The 21-year-old was detained on Sunday in relation to the activities of the New IRA, the PSNI said.

The arrest, which was was made by detectives from the PSNI Terrorism Investigation Unit, assisted by district colleagues, is connected to the discovery of a device near Dungiven in Co Derry in April.

A part-time police officer, who is also employed as a civilian worker with the PSNI, escaped injury when a device attached to flammable liquid was left beside her car at her home.

At the time, PSNI Assistant Chief Constable, Mark McEwan said it was designed to cause a "fireball which would have engulfed the victim’s car and anyone in it or close by". It had been placed at the rear of her car close to where her baby daughter normally sat.

Detective Chief Inspector Andrew Hamlin yesterday said the latest arrest was connected to the attempted murder of the officer, "following the discovery of a viable explosive device beside the young mother’s car on the Ballyquin Road, Dungiven on Monday, April 19".

He was taken to the Serious Crime Suite at Musgrave Police Station for questioning.

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