Wednesday 29 March 2017

British army officer 'lucky to be alive' after attack

Deric Henderson

A BRITISH army major who escaped a dissident republican murder bid when a booby trap bomb fell off his car without detonating is lucky to be alive, police said yesterday.

The officer was driving away from his home in a quiet private development in Bangor, Co Down, yesterday morning when he noticed a suspicious object lying on the driveway.

Army bomb disposal officers carried out a series of controlled explosions outside the home in the seaside town's Chatsworth area and police later confirmed that the item was a viable and potentially deadly device.

Catastrophic

PSNI chief superintendent Nigel Grimshaw said the damage could have been catastrophic if the bomb had exploded.

"When you place any sort of device in a quiet residential area where a lot of people would have been going about their daily business . . . it could have killed or caused very serious injury," he said.

Police have not confirmed the identity of the individual targeted, but it is understood that he is a major who serves at a nearby army base.

"The bottom line is that this was a member of the community going about their daily business," said Mr Grimshaw, who added that the attack "bore all the hallmarks of dissident republicans".

Irish Independent

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