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Three men arrested after bomb found under police officer's car released without charge

The PSNI have condemned the planting of the device.

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Updated 22:10.

THREE MEN ARRESTED in connection with the discovery of a bomb under a PSNI officer’s car in Derry after been released without charge.

Police were alerted to suspicious activity outside a house near Glenrandel, Eglinton at around 2.45am yesterday, and after further inspection the bomb squad was called in.

Some fifteen homes in the area were evacuated while the bomb was examined.

The men were arrested in the Ballybofey area of Donegal at around 4am.

The men, aged in their late 20s to early 30s, were held at Letterkenny and Milford garda stations.

A file will now be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Superintendent Mark McEwan described the bomb as a “Under Vehicle Improvised Explosive Device, capable of causing death or serious injury under the car of a serving police officer”.

“This device had the potential to harm not only the officer but anyone in that residential area and those involved have shown a blatant disregard for human life,” he continued.

“This is yet another example of the cowardly elements in our society who show no regard for the safety of local residents and the police officers who serve their community.”

Clearly there are people out there in today’s society who are still intent on causing murder and mayhem.

Originally posted Thursday June 18.

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