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Man released 'unconditionally' over attempted murder of PSNI officer

The 36-year-old was arrested yesterday by police investigating the attempted bombing of an officer’s family car.

PSNI officers attend the scene at the Upper Newtownards Road on December 30, following the attempted bombing of a PSNI officer's family car.
PSNI officers attend the scene at the Upper Newtownards Road on December 30, following the attempted bombing of a PSNI officer's family car.
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NORTHERN IRISH POLICE investigating the attempted murder of a PSNI officer in a car-bomb attack have released a man arrested yesterday in connection with the attack.

A PSNI spokesperson said the 36-year-old, who had been arrested in the west Belfast area yesterday morning, was released “unconditionally”.

The viable explosive device was found planted under a serving police officer’s family car in the Upper Newtownards Road, in the east of the city, on December 30.

The device was only spotted during a habitual check by the PSNI officer, who was about to drive his family to Sunday lunch.

“It was clearly intended to kill the police officer. His family and neighbours in the vicinity were also put at risk of serious harm,” assistant chief constable George Hamilton said at the time.

Read: Man arrested over attempted murder of PSNI officer

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