N. Ireland police worker targeted in fresh car bomb bid
A civilian police worker in Northern Ireland had a lucky escape Tuesday when a suspected bomb fell off his car as he was driving, the third attempted attack of its kind within a week.
The attempted attack is being blamed on dissident republicans attempting to disrupt the peace process, amid concern that their increasingly menacing campaign could soon kill someone.
The police worker is thought to have been driving in Cookstown, west of Belfast, at around 8:00 am (0700 GMT) when the suspected bomb fell off his car and partially exploded.
The street was closed and around 100 residents plus local businesses were evacuated as army bomb disposal officers worked to make the device safe.
Francie Molloy, a member of the Northern Ireland Assembly for the biggest republican Catholic party Sinn Fein, hit out against the attack, saying it was "wrong" to target civilians.
"He has had a very lucky escape with the device only partially exploding. This man has the right to work anywhere he wishes and should not come under any threat in doing so," Molloy said.
"The groupings behind this, and other attacks earlier in the week, need to come forward and tell the people of Ireland how this will advance the goal of achieving a united Ireland.
"Certainly the overwhelming number of republicans have endorsed a peaceful strategy to achieve this goal through moving society forward in a progressive way, not by reckless bomb attacks."
Bombs have also been planted under the cars of an army major and a policewoman within the last week.
© 2010 AFP