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Suspect in booby-trap bomb bid identified

DETECTIVES have identified the chief suspect in an under-car booby-trap bomb attack on a father-of-three.

Fisheries bailiff officer Alan Coyle (63) and his partner were left badly shaken when a bomb exploded under his car at 4am yesterday. He was asleep at the time at his home in Manor View Park in the Long Lane area of Letterkenny.

It's understood gardai have already identified the man they believe was responsible for the incident which was not linked to Mr Coyle's work as a fisheries officer.


Gardai have liaised with officers in the PSNI believing the suspect, who is originally from Letterkenny, may have fled across the border. CCTV footage from a neighbour's home captured the incident and a silver car was seen leaving the scene.

"Alan has spoken to gardai and detectives are confident they know who was behind this shocking incident," a friend said.

"He is really shaken by what happened. He can't believe someone would actually put a bomb under his car."

Defence Forces bomb experts examined the scene after the incident to check for possible secondary devices but declared the area safe shortly after noon.

Detective Inspector Pat O'Donnell, who is leading the investigation, said: "There is some CCTV footage from the area and we are examining that.

"This is an extremely unusual incident."

Gardai are appealing for anyone with information to contact Letterkenny Garda Station, or Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666-111.