Second man to face charges over PSNI station bombing

 

A SECOND man is to appear before Derry magistrates today in connection with the dissident republican bombing of a PSNI station in the city last week.

The 53-year-old, who has been in PSNI custody, is to face charges including possession of arms and ammunition with intent to endanger life and possession of a prohibited weapon.

Last Tuesday dissident republicans detonated a home-made 100kg (220lb) bomb close to Strand Road PSNI station in Derry. A taxi was hijacked at gunpoint in the Bogside and ordered to drive the bomb to the police station where it exploded. No one was hurt but businesses in the area suffered serious blast damage.

The bombing was later claimed by a group styling itself Óglaigh na hÉireann.

Last week a 42-year-old man was charged in connection with the attack. He was remanded in custody to appear in court again early next month.

In a separate development another man has been charged in connection with rioting at Ardoyne in north Belfast following the main Orange demonstrations on July 12th. The man (18) faces charges of riotous behaviour and is due in court on September 10th.