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Four men still held over PSNI bomb

Northern IrelandBy Jamie McDowell
Four men still held over PSNI bomb

Four men are still being held by police in connection with the attempted murder of a PSNI officer in Derry.

Three of the men were arrested in Donegal by Garda on Thursday morning.

The fourth man was arrested in Eglinton on Thursday evening by the PSNI and is currently being questioned.

More details have emerged after the bomb was discovered under the car of a serving police officer in the early hours of Thursday morning.

The officer's wife, who is also a member of the PSNI, woke to see a shadowy figure in the driveway of her house lying beside her husband's car.

She then banged on the window, causing the person to flee.

Justice Minister David Ford praised the police for their fast reaction.

He said : "We saw exceptionally good policing work, both overt and covert, by the PSNI and by the Garda Síochána (Irish police), which has now resulted in four arrests.

"He added that he had spoken to PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton on Thursday who, he said, has "concerns for the welfare of his officers.

"What is clear is that it was a device which was designed to kill anybody who was in the car and which had the capacity to also kill people who were passing it by. That's the reality of what these people tried to do."