SERIOUS Crime Branch detectives have arrested a third person in connection with the attempted murder of two PSNI officers in north Belfast.
A 62-year-old woman was arrested on Sunday morning in the north of the city.
Two pipe bombs were thrown at two young officers in the early hours of Tuesday as they responded to a 999 call in the Crumlin Road area.
They had just got out of their armoured vehicle when the two missiles were hurled at them, exploding just yards away.
The pipe bombs were described by the PSNI as large homemade grenade-type devices.
On Saturday morning, a 25-year-old was arrested in the West Midlands in England by PSNI detectives investigating the murder attempt.
The man was detained in the Meole Brace area of Shrewsbury on Saturday morning.
The 25-year-old man was arrested by detectives from West Mercia Police at the request of the PSNI’s Serious Crime Branch.
The suspect was handed over to the PSNI and he has been brought back to Northern Ireland.
He is currently being questioned at the serious crime suite in Antrim about the attempted murder of two PSNI officers.
PSNI officers were supported by West Mercia Police, along with officers from the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit.
Also on Saturday morning, detectives were granted more time by a court to question a 27-year-old woman arrested on Wednesday as part of the investigation.
She was detained in the north Belfast area and remains in custody.
PSNI north Belfast area comander Chief Inspector Andy Freeburn said police were treating the attack as attempted murder.
“This was a blatant attempt to murder our police officers who were out protecting the community,” said Chief Inspector Freeburn.
“It is just sheer good fortune that they were not killed or seriously injured.
“The people who carried out this attack showed a total disregard for the people within this community,” he said.
This is the second pipe bomb attack on a police patrol in Belfast in less than a fortnight.
A similar device was found after shots were fired at three police officers in the Foxes Glen area of Twinbrook earlier this month.