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12:00 AM, April 21, 2021 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, April 21, 2021

Bomb targets police officer in N Ireland amid unrest

A bomb was planted to target a police officer in Northern Ireland, a law enforcement spokesman said yesterday, as tensions remained high in the British province.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said a security alert remained in the town of Dungiven following a report of "a suspicious object" on Monday morning.

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The device was discovered under the car of a serving member of the PSNI at a rural property, Britain's domestic Press Association news agency said, citing security sources.

"I can confirm that the device is viable and investigations are ongoing to establish the full circumstances," said PSNI assistant chief constable Mark McEwan in a statement.

"We are treating this as an attack on a member of staff who also serves her community as a part-time police officer."

Northern Irish first minister Arlene Foster, from the pro-UK Democratic Unionist Party, said the officer "was targeted by terrorists".

"There will be political disagreements, but Northern Ireland must keep moving forward. We will not be dragged back to bombs and bullets," she wrote on Twitter.

Northern Ireland was the site of "The Troubles" sectarian conflict between pro-UK unionists, pro-Ireland republicans and British security forces.

Some 3,500 were killed over 30 years until the 1998 Good Friday Agreement brokered a fragile peace.

However dissident paramilitaries remain active in the region.

Dissident republicans have a history of targeting police officers for assassination.

Tensions have been rising on both sides of the republican and unionist divide in Northern Ireland in recent weeks, with Brexit partly blamed for stoking tempers.

Earlier this month the region was wracked by more than a week of rioting, which began in unionist enclaves where some feel a new post-Brexit "protocol" for the region is warping their identity.

 

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