Letter bomb sent to Derry police officer

Jon Burrows.

Jon Burrows.

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A letter bomb intercepted by postal workers in Lisburn on Friday was addressed to Derry commander, Chief Inspector, John Burrows, the Sunday Journal understands.

A device, addressed to Chief Constable Matt Baggott was also intercepted in a sorting office in Mallusk on Friday.

PSNI Assistant Chief Constable Will Kerr said both devices were designed to kill.

“We are very lucky we are not dealing with a fatality,” he said. “It is a definite line of inquiry at this stage that it is a dissident republican grouping of some sort.”

A PSNI spokesperson said: “The second package was addressed to a senior police officer. Police are not in a position to confirm the name of the recipient.”