Eglinton security alert ends

PSNI Superintendent Mark McEwan, District Commander, Derry and Strabane, speaking at yesterday morning's Press Conference at Strand Road. DER2415MC038
PSNI Superintendent Mark McEwan, District Commander, Derry and Strabane, speaking at yesterday morning's Press Conference at Strand Road. DER2415MC038

The Glenrandel area of Eglinton has now reopened to traffic following the bomb attack outside the home of PSNI officers living in the area.

It is understood a controlled explosion was carried out earlier following the discovery of the viable device under a PSNI officer’s car early this morning.

Cordons were lifted from the area shortly before 4pm.

Three men are currnetly being questioned in connection with the booby trap bomb attemot after they were arrested in Donegal in connection with the car bomb incident.

Gardai made the arrests at approximately 4am on Thursday morning near Ballybofey - just over an hour after suspicious activity was observed and the alarm was raised 40 miles away in Eglinton.

A garda spokesman said: “A car was stopped by the Northern Regional Support Unit, the vehicle was searched and the men arrested.

“The car is now subject to a technical examination and searches are ongoing in the vicinity of where the car was stopped.”

The spokesman added that the prisoners- who are in their late 20s to late 30s- are all currently detained under Section 30 of Offences Against the State Act, 1939.
Two are being held at Letterkenny Garda Station and a third at Milford Garda Stations.

A married couple targeted in the thwarted car bombing in Eglinton were both police officers, it was confirmed earlier today.

The man and woman were at home when suspicious activity was observed outside their Glenrandel home at around 2.45am this morning (Thursday) and the bomb was found underneath the vehicle.

At a press conference at Strand Road PSNI Station this morning, Derry City & Strabane District Commander Superintendant Mark McEwan said that the male officer who lived at the address and whose car was targeted has served in Derry.