PSNI gets more time to question three men over Belfast bomb
Group calling itself New IRA claimed to have carried out attack on prison officer last Friday
In a statement to the BBC, a dissident republican group calling itself the New IRA reportedly said a prison officer was targeted because he was involved in training other guards at Maghaberry high security jail (above), near Lisburn. File photograph: Google Street View
Police investigating a bomb attack on a prison officer in Belfast have been given extra time to question three men.
The 52-year-old, a married father of three, required surgery after an explosive device detonated under the van he was driving on Friday, March 4th.
A spokesman for the PSNI said detectives had been granted an additional 48 hours to question the 34-, 39- and 45-year-old suspects, who were detained on Sunday.
A 34-year-old woman who was also arrested has been released unconditionally, according to the PSNI.
A group calling itself the New IRA claimed to have carried out the attack.
They said the officer was one of a number on a list of potential targets and the attack arose from a dispute over the treatment of dissident republican inmates.
The group also claimed to have used the plastic explosive Semtex and a commercial detonator in the attack.
Following the blast, police commanders expressed fears it could be the first of a number of dissident republican attacks to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising.