Viable explosive device found under the vehicle of Northern Ireland police officer

Abbianca Makoni
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<p>The woman is a member of staff of the member of the Police Service of Northern Ireland</p> (PA Wire)

The woman is a member of staff of the member of the Police Service of Northern Ireland

(PA Wire)

A part-time police officer has been targeted in a “reckless” bomb attack in Co Londonderry.

The viable explosive was found under the woman’s car outside her home in a rural region close to Dungiven.

The victim is a member of staff of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI).

A security operation has been ongoing since Monday on the Ballyquin Road since the discovery of the device.

PSNI Assistant Chief Constable Mark McEwan said: “I can confirm that the device is viable and investigations are ongoing to establish the full circumstances.

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“We are treating this as an attack on a member of staff who also serves her community as a part-time police officer.”

First Minister Arlene Foster condemned the attack.

“I have spoken to the police officer who was targeted by terrorists last night in County Londonderry,” she tweeted.

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“I wanted to convey our support and utter condemnation of those who sought to harm her and her family. Reckless and futile. We salute her bravery and long service to our community.

“There will be political disagreements, but Northern Ireland must keep moving forward. We will not be dragged back to bombs and bullets.”

Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill added: “The attempted murder of a police officer near Dungiven is reprehensible.

“Those involved in this attack will not succeed in their regressive and toxic agenda.

“All politicians must unite against these reckless actions.

“We must keep building the peace for our children.”

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SDLP MLA Cara Hunter condemned the attack.

“No one should have to live in fear of going to work,” she said.

“Our officers protect our communities every day and keep them safe. My thoughts are with the officer and their families.”

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