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Monday 23 October 2017

In brief: Belfast bomb bid thwarted

A THWARTED car bomb murder bid on a Northern Ireland policeman was an attack on the entire community, Stormont's Justice Minister said.

Police have blamed dissident republicans for placing the booby trap device under the officer's car in east Belfast.

They said the bomb, which was discovered by the off-duty policeman yesterday, was clearly intended to kill.

Justice Minister David Ford said: "Let us be clear. This was an attack not only on a police officer and his family but on our whole community. The officer was serving the community; he was working for all of us. The people responsible for this and other recent attacks have no mandate and speak for no-one."

Hillsborough smear MP dies

THE former Conservative MP who helped smear Liverpool fans after the Hillsborough disaster has died.

Irvine Patnick, who was a source for a Sun story criticising the supporters' behaviour in the tragedy, died yesterday aged 83.

There had been calls for him to be stripped of his knighthood since his role in The Sun's coverage of the disaster was made clear by the Hillsborough Independent Panel. He said in September he was "deeply and sincerely sorry".

Subway death woman in court

A WOMAN accused of shoving an Indian man to his death in front of a New York subway train because she believed he was Muslim has been ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

Erika Menendez (31) was charged with murder as a hate crime after she told police she spontaneously pushed Sunando Sen.

"There is no reason. I just pushed him in front of the train because I thought it would be cool," she said, according to the Queens DA.

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