Dissident Republicans target ex Police Officer – the third attack in seven days

A booby-trap bomb has been discovered under the car of an ex Police Officer  in Cookstown, County Tyrone.

The device went off as a man drove away from his home in the Sweep Road area of Cookstown. He was not injured in the attack.

The man is a former police officer who currently works as a guard at the town’s PSNI station.

PSNI Chief Supt Michael Skuce said those who planted the bomb had “scant regard” for human life.

It is the third attempted car bomb attack on security personnel in the past seven days. It was the first time one of the devices exploded.

Dissident republicans have been blamed for the attacks.

SDLP MLA Patsy McGlone said a number of homes and a nursery in the Glenavon Gardens area had to be evacuated

“Campaigns of violence and intimidation had no justification in the past and have no justification now,” he said.

Acting chair of the Policing Board, Brian Rea, called on the community to help the police investigation.

He said those responsible had no “concern for the community”.

Firstly well done to Patsy for calling it like it it.

Brian Rea’s comments were interesting and made me wonder if some of our ‘more on the ground’ republican observers may want to comment on the  intel flowing towards the Police regarding these dissidents and their planned ops.

Don’t get me wrong – I’m not saying it’s not happening but I’m wondering what the quality and amount being fed through actually is..

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