Third man held over Belfast car bomb

Published Tuesday, 01 January 2013
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A third man has been arrested in connection with a booby trap bomb found under the family car of an off-duty police officer at his home in east Belfast.

Third man held over Belfast car bomb
An army bomb disposal officer at the scene in east Belfast (© Pacemaker)

The 41-year-old man was detained in west Belfast on Tuesday evening.

Two men aged 25 and 34, who were arrested in the Belfast area on Monday evening, are also being questioned by police.

The PSNI officer, his wife and two young children were about to leave their Upper Newtownards Road home for lunch on Sunday when the bomb was discovered.

Detectives from the PSNI's Serious Crime Branch are investigating the attempted murder.

Senior Investigating Officer Detective Inspector Dickson said: "At this stage we believe that the device was left underneath the officer's car sometime between 5.30pm on Friday 28 December and 2pm on Sunday 30 December.

"My investigation team want to speak to anyone who was in the area of the Upper Newtownards Road between the junction of the Knock Road and Knockdene Park."

Police particularly want to speak to anyone who may have seen something untoward in that area, like a parked vehicle or someone acting suspiciously.

Detectives can be contacted in Ladas Drive on 0845 600 8000. Information can be given anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

© UTV News
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henry in north of reland wrote (718 days ago):
hey lee, whats next weeks lotto numbers
Lee in Belfast wrote (718 days ago):
they will be released without charge , guarantee it.
Alex in North Down wrote (719 days ago):
The police and security forces need to keep working hard to ensure we get on top with these groups who are trying to drag our society back to the past! Our politicians need to maintain a united front opposing this violence. The community as a whole needs to show these people, that we have no truck with political violence regardless of what political cause they purport to advance and those with any information must take it to the proper authorities!
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