SUSPECT RELEASED OVER M5 BOMB PLOT TO MURDER PSNI OFFICERS

M5 bomb defused by Army technical officers

M5 bomb defused by Army technical officers

DETECTIVES have released a man who was being questioned over a bomb plot to murder police officers along a cycle path close to the M5 in Co Antrim.

The 39-year-old suspect was arrested in Belfast on Thursday morning during a dawn swoop by officers from the PSNI’s Serious Crime Branch.

He was taken to the serious crime suite in Antrim to be quizzed.

Following 24 hours of questioning, the man was released on Friday morning unconditionally.

A device detonated remotely using a mobile phone on the Duncrue path close to Hazelbank on Saturday, March 9.

It took Army technical officers 24 hours to declare the area safe from possible secondary devices.

Three officers, one of whom was a woman, were on the towpath near the M5 when the bomb exploded.

Senior detectives said the attack was designed to kill police who had been lured into the area by a number of phonecalls.

 

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