EXCLUSIVE: A MOTHER and daughter have been arrested by detectives investigating a murder bid on PSNI officers last week.
Belfast Daily can reveal that Breige Connors and her daughter Christine were detained following a double pipe bomb attack in north Belfast.
Breige Connors, 62, was arrested on Sunday morning in north Belfast and taken to the serious crime suite in Antrim for questioning.
She has since been released by police pending a report to the Public Prosecution Service.
Her 27-year-old daughter Christine was arrested last Wednesday and has also been in custody at the serious crime suite.
On Saturday morning, detectives were given more time by a court to question Christine Connor as part of their investigation.
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 land rover 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.
A 25-year-old man, who was arrested in the West Midlands in England, remains in custody.
Anti-terrorist detectives arrested him in Shrewsbury at the request of the PSNI.
It is understood one of the suspects has been questioned about making the bogus 999 call to draw police into the area for the attack.
Sources said that during a forensic search of the scene, some blood was found close to where the attack was launched.
Said one source: “It would appear that one of those involved in the pipe bomb attack sustained an injury and left blood behind at the scene.”
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.
Following the Foxes Glen attack, Belfast Daily revealed that police officers were warned to expect similar attacks by dissident republicans.