Detectives from PSNI Serious Crime Branch have arrested a 43 year old male and a 59 year old male in connection with the attempted murder of an off duty police officer in Derry/Londonderry on February 22 this year.
A viable Under Vehicle Improvised Explosive Device (UVIED) was discovered at the home of the officer in the Ardanlee area.
Acting Detective Chief Inspector Peter McKenna said: “If this UVIED had exploded with our colleague and his young family in the car it would have had devastating consequences. I believe the New IRA are responsible for this cowardly attack during which they put everyone’s safety at risk as the device was left in a residential area and could have exploded at any time.
“I would like to thank the public for their assistance to date but I believe there are still people in the community who hold vital pieces of information that could assist police and I would appeal to them to make contact with Detectives on 101 or the confidential CRIMESTOPPERS number on 0800 555 111.”