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Friday 20 April 2018

Former PSNI man finds bomb under car

A former police officer and his 12-year-old daughter escaped death or serious injury after he thwarted a booby trap car bomb attack in the North.

The man discovered the viable device attached to the under-side of his vehicle as he was about to drive his child to school in east Belfast yesterday.

Dissident republicans have been blamed for the murder bid, with the PSNI revealing the un-detonated explosive bore "striking similarities" to other car bombs planted by extremist groups in the past.

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It was found by the former officer, who left the service several years ago, as he performed a routine security check on his vehicle outside his home in the Tullycarnet area of Dundonald.

Chief Supt Nigel Grimshaw said: "The former officer is a family man and his 12-year-old daughter was with him and was certainly within close proximity.

"I would ask everybody to reflect on the significance of what I am saying.

"This was somebody going about their daily business, getting up on a Friday morning, taking their kids to school, and yet they could have been facing tragedy had they got into the car and that device had exploded."

Dissidents have killed two policemen, two soldiers and a prison officer in the past five years.

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