Viable explosive device targeted female PSNI officer

A viable explosive device has been discovered outside a property linked to a serving police officer in Co Londonderry.

Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 2:13 pm
Updated Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 5:45 pm

The alert was raised on Monday morning and a major security operation was put into place around the Ballyquinn Road in Dungiven.

On Tuesday, Assistant Chief Constable Mark McEwan, Head of the PSNI’s Crime Operations Department, said: “I can confirm that the device is viable and investigations are ongoing to establish the full circumstances.

“We are treating this as an attack on a member of staff who also serves her community as a part time police officer.”

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PSNI vehicles block a road during a security operation which has been ongoing since Monday on the Ballyquin Road after a viable explosive device was found close to the home, in a rural area close to Dungiven, of a member of the Police Service of Northern Ireland in Co Londonderry. Pic: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Announcing the road closure, the PSNI said: “The Ballyquinn Road, Dungiven is closed at the junctions with the Camnish Road and the Curragh Road this morning (Monday 19th April), following a report of a suspicious object in the area.

“Motorists are advised to avoid the area and seek alternative main routes for their journey.”

Shortly before midnight, a further police statement said that the road was expected to remain closed for some time.

The Ballyquinn Road in Dungiven

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