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Dublin: 19 °C Thursday 13 August, 2020

Explosive device found under former NI police officer's car

District Commander Chief Superintendent Nigel Grimshaw commented that it was fortunate that no one was killed or seriously injured.

File photo (not of scene)
File photo (not of scene)
Image: Paul Faith/PA Archive/

POLICE IN BELFAST are investigating the discovery of a viable explosive device under the car of a former police officer this morning.

The former officer found the device at around 8am this morning and Ammunition Technical Officers were sent to the scene. A number of controlled explosions were carried out and the device was made save and recovered for further examination.

Commenting today District Commander Chief Superintendent Nigel Grimshaw said it was fortunate that no one was killed or seriously injured.

“The vigilance of this former officer in checking his vehicle may very well have saved his life,” he said.

Grimshaw said the residential area in which the device was found is densely populated that that the people responsible “have little regard for human life”.

“The former officer is a family man and his 12-year-old daughter was with him and was within close proximity which clearly adds a serious and stark element to this incident,” he commented.

Police are appealing for anyone who say anything suspicious in the area over recent days or weeks, and anyone with information on those responsible to contact detectives investigating the case on 0845 600 8000. Or if someone would prefer to provide information without leaving their name they can contact the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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