Bomb attack in Northern Ireland, attempts to kill police
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Bomb attack in Northern Ireland, attempts to kill police

Three men have been arrested by police in Northern Ireland after attempting to kill two officers in a bomb attack.

A suspected improvised explosive device damaged a police vehicle in the town of Strabane, but two officers escaped unhurt.

Residents described hearing a loud noise. The Police Service of Northern Ireland said it appeared to be a targeted attack and was being treated as attempted murder, The Guardian reports.

Police representatives and politicians condemned the attack.

“The terrorist aim was to cause pain and misery and take Northern Ireland back to the dark ages,” said Liam Kelly, chairman of the Police Federation for Northern Ireland.

“Nothing is gained from such a callous and hate-filled incident. The terrorist threat is assessed as ‘substantial’ and I will call on all officers to increase their vigilance”, he said.