Arlene Foster and Michelle O'Neill condemn 'attempted murder' of female PSNI officer in north Co. Derry

The First Minister Arlene Foster says she has spoken with the female PSNI officer who was the subject of an attempted bomb attack outside Dungiven yesterday.

Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 2:01 pm

She said: "I have spoken to the police officer who was targeted by terrorists last night in County Londonderry. I wanted to convey our support and utter condemnation of those who sought to harm her and her family. Reckless and futile. We salute her bravery and long service to our community."

The Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill said: "The attempted murder of a police officer near Dungiven is reprehensible. Those involved in this attack will not succeed in their regressive and toxic agenda. All politicians must unite against these reckless actions. We must keep building the peace for our children."

The Ballyquin Road.
The Ballyquin Road.

ACC Mark McEwan, Head of the PSNI’s Crime Operations Department, said: “I can confirm that the device is viable and investigations are ongoing to establish the full circumstances.

“We are treating this as an attack on a member of staff who also serves her community as a part time police officer.”

The Ballyquin Road remains closed between the junctions with the Camnish Road and the Curragh Road at Bovevagh.