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Bomb found under car of serving female police officer outside her home in Northern Ireland

HIGH ALERT

A BOMB has been discovered under the car of a serving female police officer.

A major security operation was launched after the explosive was discovered at her home in Northern Ireland.

Police Service Northern Ireland have confirmed the device was "viable" but was defused by the Armed Forces.

Thankfully officers were able to close off the rural road while the bomb was dealt with and there were no injuries.

The attack on the officer has been slammed by politicians in Northern Ireland.

First Minister Arlene Foster said: "I have spoken to the police officer who was targeted by terrorists last night in County Londonderry. I wanted to convey our support and utter condemnation of those who sought to harm her & her family. Reckless and futile.

"We salute her bravery and long service to our community."

SDLP MLA Cara Hunter said: "No one should have to live in fear of going to work.

"Our officers protect our communities every day and keep them safe. My thoughts are with the officer and their families."

While Sinn Fein MLA Gerry Kelly said: "The discovery of a device under the car of a young female police officer near Dungiven is disgraceful and I condemn it utterly.

"Thankfully she wasn't hurt but we could have been facing a very different scenario."

It is not clear who is behind the potential attack but the finger of blame has been pointed at dissident republicans opposed to the peace process, local media reports.

The drama comes amid weeks of unrest in Northern Ireland as PSNI officers continue to come under attack.

Cops have been pelted with stones, bricks and petrol bombs while trying to calm tensions on the streets.

Violence has flared over the Northern Ireland protocol with riots on both sides of gates separating loyalist areas and nationalist areas.

Last night, rioters set furniture and bins alight in Belfast as loyalists clashed with cops.

Protesters also marched through the streets carrying placards slamming the post-Brexit trading arrangements.

They claim the protocol has created new barriers and bureaucracy on trade between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.

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