Two men arrested over attempted murder of police officer in Derry

February 2017: Police at the scene in Ardanlee, in the Culmore area Derry.
February 2017: Police at the scene in Ardanlee, in the Culmore area Derry.

Police have arrested two men in connection with the attempted murder of an off-duty police officer in Derry earlier this year.

A viable Under Vehicle Improvised Explosive Device was discovered at the home of the officer in the Ardanlee area in February.

Police have arrested two men

Police have arrested two men

Now detectives from the PSNI's Serious Crime Branch have arrested a 43-year-old man and a 59-year-old man.

Acting detective chief inspector Peter McKenna said: “If this 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.”