Monday 26 September 2016

Man (45) charged with attempted murder after bomb attack on prison officer

A group calling itself the New IRA claimed to have carried out the brutal attack

David Young and Michael McHugh

Published 11/03/2016 | 20:47

Murder bid: A bomb disposal unit officer inspects the van after a prison officer was injured at his east Belfast home Photo: Getty Images
Murder bid: A bomb disposal unit officer inspects the van after a prison officer was injured at his east Belfast home Photo: Getty Images
PSNI officers attend the scene following car bomb attack (Photo: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

A 45-year-old man has been charged with the attempted murder of a prison officer in Belfast.

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The suspect also faces a charge of possessing explosives with intent to endanger life.

The prison officer, a 52-year-old married father-of-three, needed surgery after the dissident republican bomb detonated under the van he was driving on Friday March 4.

A group calling itself the New IRA claimed to have carried out the attack.

PSNI officers attend the scene following car bomb attack (Photo: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
PSNI officers attend the scene following car bomb attack (Photo: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

A 39-year-old man also questioned about the bombing has been released by police pending a report to prosecutors.

Detectives have been granted another 12 hours to question another detained man, aged 34, about the murder bid.

The accused man will appear in court in Belfast on Saturday morning.

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