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, although no-one was injured.
The street was closed and around 100 residents plus local businesses including a creche were evacuated as army bomb disposal officers worked to make the device safe.
The attempted attack was swiftly condemned by Northern Ireland's First Minister Peter Robinson, of the pro-British Democratic Unionist Party, and his deputy Martin McGuinness of republicans Sinn Fein, who want a united Ireland.
Robinson said the attackers were trying to "take us back to the past" by seeking "to bring death and destruction back on to our streets".
McGuinness added that this and other recent incidents would "do nothing to further any cause and are not just an attack on the individuals concerned but on a society that has made it clear that the road forward is one which has no place for violence in any form".
Bombs have also been planted under the cars of an army major and a policewoman within the last week.
© 2010 AFP