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27/10/2021

Viable device left under police officer's car in Dungiven

An explosive device was left under the serving police officer's car.

Police officer targeted in Dungiven attack

A serving police officer has been targeted after an explosive device was placed under her car yesterday in the Dungiven area.

The part-time officer also works for the PSNI in a civilian role.

Local MLAs are among those who have expressed their condemnation.

“I fully condemn the attack on the private home of a serving police officer. No one should have to live in fear of going to work," said SDLP MLA for East Derry, Cara Hunter.

“Our officers in the PSNI risk their lives every day protecting every community; upholding the rule of law in Northern Ireland.

“This is an attack on the community, and actions of these people are not welcome in our society.

“My thoughts are with the officer and their family.”

Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald said the incident was 'attempted murder'.

"I completely condemn those who left a device under the car of a police officer near Dungiven," she said.

"This is nothing short of attempted murder. Those responsible have absolutely nothing to offer society but more suffering.  Anyone with info on the attack should report it to police."

MP for the constituency, the DUP's Gregory Campbell said the incident was an example of 'warped tactics'

"Attacks on the lives of police officers are wrong now and have always been so, they must be condemned," he said.

"Wider society needs to stand united against the perpetrators and help bring them to justice.

"Those warped tactics did not succeed in the past and they cannot be allowed to succeed now. It is essential that a united and clear message goes out that terrorism is never justified and must always be condemned.

"I would appeal for anyone with information to pass it to the police."

Independent MLA for the area, Claire Sugden, said those responsible were 'reckless thugs'.

"I stand with the officer targeted – and all police officers who risk their lives daily to keep us safe,” Ms Sugden said.

“My thoughts are with the officer and family. Sadly, there remain ego-driven individuals intent on taking us back.

"Their behaviour is not wanted and has no support from the communities they claim to represent. They are reckless thugs, nothing more."

The First and Deputy First Ministers have also condemned the incident.

"We will not be dragged back by bombers or those who seek to use the gun to get their own political way," said Arlene Foster.

Michelle O'Neill branded the attack 'reprehensible'.

"Those involved in this attack will not succeed in their regressive and toxic agenda," she added.

ACC Mark McEwan, Head of the PSNI’s Crime Operations Department, said investigations were underway.

“I can confirm that the device is viable and investigations are ongoing to establish the full circumstances," he said.

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

Dissident republican group the New IRA are thought to be behind the attack.

A security alert in the area remains ongoing.

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