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Runners and spectators stood just yards from fatal car bomb

A FIVE-YEAR-OLD girl was among crowds of spectators gathered just yards from the car bomb which killed PC Ronan Kerr (25) before it went off, a police photo has revealed.

The picture (far left), showing the girl waving to runners taking part in the half-marathon close to the booby-trapped vehicle, was released by detectives as they continued to question two men over the murder of the young PSNI officer.

Police believe the high-explosive device had already been planted when the image was taken in Omagh, Co Tyrone, on Saturday afternoon. Two hours later, it detonated with devastating consequences when PC Kerr (left) got into his black Ford Mondeo to go to work.

The officer in charge of the investigation, Detective Supt Raymond Murray, said: "We already know (the bomb) was murderous. Now we have evidence that it was potentially indiscriminate."

PSNI Chief Constable Matt Baggott warned the killers of PC Kerr that the hunt to bring them to justice would be "relentless".

Again appealing for help from the public, he said: "We will pursue (them) with a world-class investigation and bring them to justice, relentlessly. And I use that word deliberately -- it will be relentless."

Irish Independent