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Explosive device found under PSNI officer's vehicle in Derry

Politicians have roundly condemned the attack

The scene in Dungiven where the bomb was found yesterday Pic Pacemaker

Jamie McDowell

A bomb has been found under the vehicle of a serving female police officer in Dungiven, Co Derry.

The PSNI has confirmed the device was discovered yesterday morning in the Ballyquin Road area of the town.

ACC Mark McEwan, Head of the PSNI’s Crime Operations Department, said: “I can confirm that the device is viable and investigations are ongoing to establish the full circumstances.

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

The attack has been widely condemned by Northern Ireland’s politicians, including First Minister Arlene Foster, who described those who planted the device as “terrorists”.

She added: “I have spoken to the police officer who was targeted by terrorists last night in County Londonderry.

"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."

Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill of Sinn Fein described the attack as "reprehensible".

She added: "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."

Leader of the Ulster Unionist Party, Stevie Aiken, said: "This cowardly attempt on the life of someone who is courageously putting her selflessness to the good of all our community must be utterly condemned by all – there must be no place for terrorism in our society."

Colum Eastwood, leader of the SDLP described the attack as "disgraceful".

He said: "Those responsible and their warped agenda are putting police officers and our community in danger. If anyone has information please contact the PSNI."

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