Northern Irish Police Targeted in North Belfast Bomb Attack
Three police officers have escaped injury in a bomb attack in Northern Ireland. Police have confirmed that a report of a blast near officers on patrol in north Belfast on Saturday night was caused by an explosive device. They said they are treating it as a murder attempt.
The incident happened at approximately 9.15pm on Saturday as officers, responding to a call-out in the Hazelbank area, made their way along the Duncrue towpath near the M5 motorway. A blast went off close to the officers, prompting a security alert.
The area was sealed off for more than 24 hours as searches were carried out by police and army bomb disposal experts. A spokeswoman for the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said: “It is believed the target was police officers and police are now treating it as attempted murder.”