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.
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.”
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.
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