British army officer 'lucky to be alive' after attack
Published 05/08/2010 | 05:00
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.
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".