An explosive device has been found under a police officer’s car in Northern Ireland.

The officer was targeted outside her home in a rural area close to Dungiven in County Londonderry.

She is thought to have not been harmed during the incident on Monday evening.

First Minister Arlene Foster has condemned the ‘terrorists who targeted the officer’.

She said: ‘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.

‘There will be political disagreements, but Northern Ireland must keep moving forward. We will not be dragged back to bombs & bullets.’

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In a statement, Mark McEwan, Head of the PSNI’s Crime Operations Department, confirmed the device was ‘viable’ and announced a police probe.

He said: ‘We are treating this as an attack on a member of staff who also serves her community as a part time police officer.’

Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill described the ‘attempted murder’ of the officer as ‘reprehensible’.

She said: ‘Those involved in this attack will not succeed in their regressive and toxic agenda. All politicians must unite against these reckless actions. We must keep building the peace for our children.’

SDLP MLA Cara Hunter has said ‘no one should have to live in fear of going to work’.

She added: ‘Our officers protect our communities every day and keep them safe. My thoughts are with the officer and their families.’

Part of Ballyquin Road is closed as officers investigate the scene. Drivers have been advised to avoid the area.

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