Device explodes under car in Omagh

Few details at present.  Expect updates to the BBC report.   UTV report here

Police say they are responding to the incident in the Highfield Close area of Gortin Road on Saturday afternoon.

UTV’s News Editor Chris Hagan wrote on Twitter: “Residents in Highfield area off Gortin Rd in Omagh report hearing a loud blast. Suspected under-car booby trap bomb attack.”

Update From the updated BBC report

A 25-year-old police officer has been killed after a bomb exploded under his car in Omagh, County Tyrone.

The device exploded under the vehicle outside his home in Highfield Close, off the Gortin Road, just before 1600 BST on Saturday.

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  • the future’s bright, the future’s orange

    from twitter:
    hagan_utv Catholic police officer who was a new recruit was target of car bomb attack in Gortin Rd area of Omagh. Condition is critical.

  • DC

    What heroes!

  • joeCanuck

    BBC now reporting that a police officer has been seriously wounded. disgusting.

  • The time has long passed when the murder of a police officer can be regarded as an attack on “them”…..an attack on a “uniform”. We have had our day of it and theres no going back. It is an attack on me and mine.
    And theres really no acceptable form of fence sitting.
    Speaking entirely for myself I will not engage in any conversation with anyone who would appear not to find it as disgusting as I do.
    Who benefits from this?

  • DC

    UTV reporting that the officer has died.

  • Obelisk

    A blow struck for Mother Ireland surely is how the dissidents will see this.

    These people need exterminated like vermin, they don’t deserve to breathe the same air as normal people.

  • Lionel Hutz

    And to think there was a half marathon today with thousands running around Omagh- myself included.

    Another Bomb in Omagh. What planet are these people on!

  • West Sider

    He’s dead. 25 year Catholic. 8 years old when the IRA declared its first ceasefire. 12 years old at the signing and endorsement of the Good Friday Agreement.

    I agree with FJH – any one who wouild sit on the fence over this criminal act by serial killers, need ostracised.

    What makes them think they can invade peoples lives with impunity and shatter them? What makes them think they can oppress the freedom of Irish men and women to choose to be free of the past? What gives them the right to colonise the ambitions of the young and destroy them?

    It’ll be interesting to see how RNU handle themselves when the sheer weight of media scurtiny now descends on them as it surely will.

    And on the doorsteps with eirigi, I wonder how they will be received given their less than enthusiastic statements distancing themselves from these murdering scum?

    BTW – is Mark around? If he is: cui bono?

  • People have of course a right to speak freely.
    I have a right to ostracise them.

  • robert4321

    as a protestant who works in omagh i have felt the return of hostility from a small minority that is hard to understand , and i now think never really went away….things are going to get worse after this

  • Mark McGregor

    Folks, this has nothing to do with me. I’d appreciate if you recollect I do not support those carrying out these acts.

    Indeed trying to link me with something I totally reject is thoroughly dishonest – deliberately so.

    Direct your responses to those involved or supportive of such things.

  • stewart1

    Shocking news.

  • vanhelsing

    Unbelievable. Where do they think they are taking us to? Note they targeted an RC policeman, clearly their victim of choice.

    Fitz got it right. Looking forward to unequivocal condemnation of this brutal and COWARDLY attack on a man serving all sides of the community.

    VH

  • Perhaps ….who knows. But what questions exactly need to be asked?
    People may speak?
    Need people listen?
    I can only speak for myself. Theres no question I want to ask. Theres no answer I want to hear.

  • Lionel Hutz

    These people need to be destroyed. The young policeman was qualified for just 3 weeks. This has to have been committed by people with local knowledge. They have to stamp this out and destroy this organisation.

    There is also a big chance that the policeman could have been one of the many policemen I saw helping with the traffic. How many people could have been killed?

  • edgeoftheunion

    I think Westsider got it best. And Paul Brady

    “Young men dying in the ditches,
    Is that what being free is all about?”

  • al

    I’m not surprised by this. This week has been bad with hoaxes and the device in Derry last week. There was a sense that the police have been on edge and expecting something.

    This is nothing more than sectarian murder. How does targetting Catholic police officers bring about a 32county Ireland?

    RIP

  • robert4321

    just looking at highfield close position….its the coalisland dissidents responsible for this…

  • Lionel Hutz

    robert4321 (profile) 2 April 2011 at 6:53 pm
    just looking at highfield close position….its the coalisland dissidents responsible for this
    ————-

    Why do you think that? Surely there are closer dissidents than Coalisland- which is 40 miles away

  • GavBelfast

    I just feel a real mixture of sadness, disgust, anger and, perhaps worst of all, helplessness over all of this.

    It really is killing for killing’s sake, and they are defying the will of the Northern Irish / Irish people. Isn’t it the duty of Government to strongly enforce the will of our people once and for all?

    Of course, the whole community owes it to its police service to do anything and everything to apprehend the culprits and those directing them, to also lessen the risk of a next time.

    May the victim, this brave public servant, rest in peace.

  • Comrade Stalin

    Pretty sickened by Jim Allister’s politicization of the murder too.

  • granni trixie

    One of the few times I have no words exceot may he rest in peace and that my heart goes out to this young man’s family.

  • granni trixie

    Whilst having no wish to disturb this moment of “togetherness” (I honestly mean that) for the record in response to Mickhall I have to say that having first hand experience of discrimination against Catholics/West Belfast I feel exactly the same today as I did about the futility and immorality of the Provos bombing campaign which did not progress even their professed aims. By this I mean dont anyone say that this bomb is different to past bombs – the majority of people did/do not support either.

    Now I didnt want to cast up the past but my remarks are due to Mickhall’s provocation.

  • Lionel Hutz

    But even the majority of nationalists don’t agree with you grannytrixie. They see a distinction. And I am in the minority and am the same age as this policeman, and say there is a good chance that his murderers are of a similar age.

    There is a real harm in the glorification of the terrorism of the past. I saw it growing up, when people of my generation carved “up the RA” on their schooldesks, and that in a so-called moderate middle-class grammar. The same people who graffiti it on the walls of their estate and on doors of just about every public toilet. I would even say it can be seen as romantic.

  • The Word

    It’s hard to know where to begin with this evil killing.

    Does it serve a united Ireland? No. There’s no possibility that anyone who is capable of organising this killing thinks that.

    Does it serve Sinn Fein? Well, this and other recent activity point to a possibility that in this election campaign there are those who want push the centre of gravity towards Sinn Fein and squeeze the SDLP in the process. But they do so at the price of undermining the negotiating position and power of Sinn Fein. Would Sinn Fein worry about that loss? Certainly not.

    Why not? A few extra votes?

    They have to learn that the only reason the DUP are cooperating in this self endorsing fight for First Minister is because they think they’re superior to Sinn Fein, and that they can hold the fort. The SDLP on the other hand have a plan.

    Games will achieve nothing but pain for all.

  • socaire

    Now that the protestant working in Omagh – robert4321 – has had a chance to use Google Earth, maybe a grovelling apology will be forthcoming. I have a young fellow of this age who would be interested in a police career and this is just one of the reasons why I stopped him joining the PSNI. Selfish or what?

  • alan56

    In whose name has this young man been slaughtered?

  • granni trixie

    This act shows the force of tradition – physical force tradition. The only thing that can put this tradition/myth behind us is if we all stick together to say that it is not what anyone wants.

  • joeCanuck

    The courage and selflessness of these brave freedom fighters is not to be equalled anywhere, not even in Libya. Medals to be announced and awarded later.

  • Aontachtach

    I’m sure Wolfe Tone must be turning in his grave. The people of the island of Ireland finally get a United Ireland agreement in 1994(GFA) and some republicans don’t like it. So they continue to kill fellow Irishmen to achieve….what. The nationalist community need to be brave and face these lowlifes down. Your fellow islanders who happen to be Unionist hope that the brave young men and women from your community will hold the line with their Unionist colleagues and face these lowlifes and other lowlifes down.

  • The Word

    ” The people of the island of Ireland finally get a United Ireland agreement in 1994(GFA) and some republicans don’t like it. ”

    They got an Agreement that refused to honour violence in 1998, that could not do so in no uncertain terms, because, as others in history recognised, once that path is breached the violence becomes endless. What should be learned from history is that Sinn Fein and other republican iconic figures achieved nothing when all was weighed up, and that was the signal sent out.

    Only the traumatised child and the long-distant revolutionary believes that history has ever proved anything else. It’s not for nothing that Ireland’s history is thus because when the going got tough, the Irish people sought refuge in the sustainable ways that protect everybody. But no-one will ever mess with them again.

  • I made protest on a closed Republican forum about the killing of this man and it resulted in the following;

    [quote]You have been banned for the following reason:
    anti-repulican comments

    Date the ban will be lifted: 04-05-2011, 08:00 PM[/quote]

    First they reprimanded me for using a banned word ‘dissident’ but dissid**t is acceptible –reminds me of censorship laws where actor voiceovers showed just how rediculous it was –seems dissidents have learned a lot from their enemy.

  • George

    Disgusted but not surprised and I don’t think anyone on here is surprised.

    If anything, people are just raging because they are powerless to snuff out these acts and another victim has been claimed.

    And the reality is that there will be dissident republicans 10 years from now, capable of inflicting death and destruction.

    Militant republicanism has been existence on this island for over 200 years and, whether people like to admit it or not, some of the reasons for its initial emergence are still in existence today.

    Of course as has already been pointed out, horrific acts like this one mean a “united” Ireland is further away than ever.

    However, while a united Ireland is the supposed final goal of Wolfe Tone’s militant republicanism, like communism’s utopian ideal it is to be found at the end of the revolutionary road.

    First up is subvert the ruling government, break the connection with England and assert complete independence.

    Militant republicanism is simply something that is here for the foreseeable future. The dreaded “acceptable level of violence” phrase might yet make a reappearance.

  • braveheart

    Democracy is the only answer to the Irish problem. one man one vote. It is the only way to stop the madness. condolences to the family.

  • anne warren

    To get back on topic and pay respect to a young man who was killed today, I can only echo the Prime Minister’s comment

    “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and his friends. This is a terrible tragedy for all who knew him and served with him, and for a town that had already suffered so much”.

    Prime Minister David Cameron

  • perseus

    the people behind this bomb and killing have their headlines.
    and what a tagic and terrible waste of life !

  • vanda

    I read an interview recently with some dissidents where they claimed they would continue to fight, and that it was their right to do so, for as long as there was a British presence on this island.

    They can’t see the hypocrisy and absolute stupidity of their ideological stance (probably flattering them by giving their bigotted, hate-filled beliefs the handle of ideology).

    I actually pity them – if their lives are so hate-filled and empty that they have to do this to achieve some sense of identity, then they’ve lived very deprived lives.

  • I feel angry.
    I WANT to feel angry.
    I WANT this feeling of Anger to be the same on Monday morning as it is now. And next month. And next year.
    His name is not yet known. Tomorrow we will all know it. And next year we will struggle with the name. Because the murderers need us to be forgetful. For they “know” that thats how we do this…… they will lie low, sneak back home……and when we “forget”, they will come out of their hiding holes and do it again…….carelessly, amateurishly and then they will get “lucky” again.
    Its not even a war. Its just the ability to occasionallu kill. Nothing more. Nothing less.
    Maybe one of them will be arrested. Then released. Then on the fourth arrest charged. A Hunger Strike (amateurish of course…for they know no other way). A “show your support white line protest……dont let him die……boycott the election”.exploiting that our anger subsides and cashing in on OUR Humanity.
    No.
    Been there. Done that. Have a wide range of Tshirts. We all have. And not going back.
    No……Not in my name. Cos Im a No-mark anyway. But my children and grandchildren do matter. And NOT IN THEIR NAME.
    Be Angry. Stay Angry.

  • And his name is Ronan Kerr.
    And his family can speak his name with Pride.
    How many are reading this….who have sons.
    And you know the feeling and I know the feeling of speaking a sons name with Pride.

    The family of the Murderer cannot speak their sons name with Pride.
    And thats the difference.

  • FJH

    Yet another rant from you;
    I feel angry.
    I WANT to feel angry.
    I WANT this feeling of Anger to be the same on Monday morning as it is now. And next month. And next year.
    …Be Angry. Stay Angry.

    So you want to remain a “noisy” nonvictim –real victims should stop wallowing though. How long do you give this man’s family before they cross the scales of your accustic threashhold for listening?

  • HeinzGuderian

    DISGUSTED !!!

  • Lionel Hutz

    Christy,

    About 90% of your posts that I read seem intended to divert a thread of topic and usually into an argument.

    I don’t agree with FJH on his victim gripe (if it can be called that) but quite clearly the emotion he is expressing has nothing to do with victimhood.

    I myself am very angry at these people. And FJH is right to say that we should never forget and I too lament the fact that it won’t be long until we will

  • DC

    Militant republicanism has been existence on this island for over 200 years

    Wolfe Tone belonged to a different time and era, a pre Hitler epoch, whenever violence was the norm and used by states run by aggressive imperalists governments of all hues, as a means to grab land and resources, before the times of global capitalism.

    Take today’s Ireland, it is Europeanised capitalist country, which is open to global trade and multiple national identities and indeed multinational companies. A nation state but more correctly a market state with a better educated people, a more sophisticated workforce and populace.

    The thing that i’ve come to learn about Irish politics is that micro groups or terror groups will never out-do the wants and wishes of the sovereign state whether Ireland or Britain. Look at what happened in Ireland back in 1921-25, the free state government saw off the challenge of militants back then, also look back during WWII de Valera connived with the British to neutralise more aggressive members of the IRA who wanted to make trouble at the outbreak of the war – see link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-12848272

    More recently the provisional IRA was seen off by both Britain and Ireland working together.

    So, if Ireland and Britain want a peace of sorts here – as they both did in and around 1998 – then there will continue to be a peace of sorts. And there will remain a peace of sorts.

    Clearly sovereign states hold more power, strategic power. Both can – and are able to – assert this strategic power over these micro groups using the combined powers of the police, such as intelligence gathering leading to arrest etc. Again clearly the police hold more power at an operational level in relation to these groups, therefore the police can cancel out or blunt any strategic impact that these terror tactics would have if they were allowed to develop into a series of attacks. The tactic of the car bomb is just that – a tactic, but in the end strategically useless should a great number of people and various forces combine against them.

    The lesson for today is that the tactic of the car bomb is not good enough to change things strategically, because the police hold more resources in store at an operational level, they do so because of the strategic power derived from sovereign states.

    Ultimately a pointless waste of life today, not just going against the mainstream ‘will’ of the people but also against the logic, particularly so given the very recent past.

  • Donning a British uniform and implementing British laws in occupied Ireland carries a harsh price and now another British Political Policeman looses his life…

    He follows many who were members of the RIC, RUC and the RUC/PSNI member who was killed in Lurgan a couple of years back.

    Armed actions by Irish Republicans is nothing new and will continue so long as Britain continues to occupy part of Ireland.

    Sad but inevitable!

  • George

    “His name is not yet known”

    Does it really matter what his name is because it will be forgotten in a week.

    The reason people won’t remember his name (only one PSNI officer murdered to date – what’s his name people?) is because, unionist or nationalist, they don’t associate with him. I should add that all the PSNI officers will never forget his name.

    Meanwhile, the rest of us are associating ourselves with what the consequences of his murder has for us. Our concern for the victim is transient, our concern for ourselves permanent.

    Just as before, the majority will use the murder to cement their own views. SF supporters will feel vindicated that the “process” is the right path, SDLP will point to how they never supported such actions while unionists will sleep well tonight safe in the knowledge that republicans will never change.

    Meanwhile, the “peace” walls remain and both sides wonder why the others won’t see sense.

  • The Word

    “However, while a united Ireland is the supposed final goal of Wolfe Tone’s militant republicanism, like communism’s utopian ideal it is to be found at the end of the revolutionary road.”

    Just watching Brendan O’Connor’s show on RTE about the orphanges in Russia where there was/is no love. I wonder how that happened?

    Peace is the path. Truth is the weapon. How about explaining to the unionists that the British have never been kind to them for no reason? If you’re not up to the job, then leave it to others.

  • Mick Fealty

    Closing this thread now, because Im going to bed and things are getting a little over heated…