Eglinton bomb probe: three released

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Gardai have confirmed that the three men arrested on Thursday morning in Donegal in connection with the investigation into a car bomb in Derry have all been released without charge.

A garda spokesperon confirmed the men were released last night, adding:

“A file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.”

The arrests were made less than two hours after suspicious activity was obdserved at Glenrandel in Eglinton, Derry and a bomb discovered under a car belonging to a PSNI officer.

The alarm was raised in Eglinton at after 2am.

The three men were arrested around 40 miles away in the Ballybofey area at around 4am.

The Garda Northern Regional Support Unit said at the time that they stopped a car and the vehicle was searched and the men arrested.

The car was also the subject of a technical examination, and searches were conducted in the vicinity of where the car was stopped.

The men, aged from late 20s to late 30s, were all detained under Section 30 of Offences Against the State Act, 1939, at Letterkenny and Milford Garda Stations before being released.

Meanwhile north of the border, a man arrested in connection with the same incident was today still being questioned by detectives form the PSNI’s Serious Crime Branch.

The 27-year-old was arrested in the Eglinton on Thursday evening as part of the investigation and taken to Antrim PSNI station.