Friday 19 January 2018

Policeman badly hurt in car bomb

A police officer has been seriously injured after a bomb exploded under his car in Co Antrim.

He had just driven off on his way along Milltown Road in Randalstown when the device went off.

He was taken to hospital and, although there was no immediate confirmation of his condition, it was understood he was badly hurt.

Army bomb disposal experts were called to the scene.

Assembly member for the area and Alliance party leader David Ford said he was outraged at the attack.

"The people behind this bomb have no policy and strategy except to cause death and disruption," he said.

"It is absolutely despicable that someone who works to protect the public has been subject to such a sickening attack on his life.

"I am outraged that a very small number of people still believe that using violence will achieve anything. They are seeking to drag us backwards into the dark days of the troubles.

"The community will need to stand united, just as the community stood united following the murders (of two British soldiers) nearby at Massereene Barracks last year. I am confident that the community will do so.

"I would urge anybody who has any information about this attack to contact the police. These people must be stopped to allow this country to continue to live in peace."

Press Association

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