Third arrest in petrol bomb attack probe

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Police in Derry last night arrested a third person in connection to a petrol bomb attack that has left a 45-year old man critically ill.

A 24-year old was arrested on Sunday night - a man aged 25 and a 44-year old woman were arrested earlier.

A PSNI spokeswoman says all three “remain in custody helping police with their enquiries.”

The 45-year old was rescued by neighbours following the attack that saw two petrol bombs thrown through the window of a house in Benvarden Avenue on Friday night.

Inspector Burrows told the ‘Journal’: “This was an exceptionally nasty attack and if it wasn’t for the bravery of residents in this area, we’d be dealing with a murder investigation today.

“It was a targeted attack and the people behind it knew exactly what they were doing. They broke the window and threw this petrol bomb in. It hit the occupant of the house, who was set alight.

“Those who tried to help the man in question undoubtedly saved his life but I can confirm that it was far from a lucky escape.

“The victim sustained very serious injuries and has already undergone two bouts of surgery for those injuries.”