Saturday 1 October 2016

Five arrested following attempted murder of police in bomb blast

David Young

Published 24/07/2015 | 12:53

Five suspects, aged 28, 31 and 36, and two 46-year-olds, were detained in Co Armagh
Five suspects, aged 28, 31 and 36, and two 46-year-olds, were detained in Co Armagh

Five men have been arrested by detectives investigating the attempted murder of police in a bomb blast in Northern Ireland.

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Dissident republicans opposed to the peace process were blamed for last weekend's attack in Lurgan, Co Armagh, when police were lured to a bomb in the Victoria Street area, which was then detonated.

Police said the five suspects, aged 28, 31 and 36, and two 46-year-olds, were detained in Co Armagh over the last 24 hours.

Officers were called to the scene near a cross-border railway line after a phone call to the Samaritans last Saturday claiming a device aimed at a police patrol during the early hours had failed to explode.

Homes were evacuated and a hoax device, which was not capable of detonating, was discovered.

But during a follow-up search by police to declare the area safe a suspected anti-personnel bomb exploded.

No-one was injured in the explosion.

Announcing the arrests, Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) Detective Superintendent Karen Baxter said: "A number of properties have been searched and several items have been removed for forensic examination. The suspects have been taken to the Serious Crime Suite at Antrim police station for questioning.

"This is an active and on-going investigation. I would like to thank the community for their continued patience and support.

"If you know anything about the incident last weekend when a report of a device, which turned out not to be viable, was made to lure police into the area and a second significant device exploded, please contact police."

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