DETECTIVES from the PSNI’s Terrorist Investigation Unit have arrested a 49 year old man in connection with the attempted murder of an off duty police officer Derry last year.
A viable Under Vehicle Improvised Explosive Device (UVIED) was discovered at the home of the officer in the Ardanlee area on February 22, 2017.
The man was arrested in Creggan under the Terrorism Act.
He has been taken to Musgrave Serious Crime Suite where he is being questioned by police.
This is the fifth person to be arrested to date.
The officer leading the investigation Detective Inspector Peter McKenna said: “If this device had exploded with our colleague and his young family in the car it would have had devastating consequences.
“We believe the New IRA are responsible for this cowardly attack during which they put the safety of all members of the community at risk as the device was left in a residential area and could have exploded at any time.
“I would like to thank the public for their assistance to date.
“But I believe there are still people in the community who hold vital pieces of information that could assist police and I would appeal to them to make contact with Detectives on 101.
“Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”