Woman held over attempted murder of prison officer
PSNI arrest 35-year-old as part of investigation into ‘New IRA’ bomb attack in Belfast
A police officer at the scene where an explosive device detonated under a van in east Belfast, injuring a prison officer. Photograph: Lesley-Anne McKeown/PA Wire
A woman has been arrested in connection with the attempted murder of a prison officer in a bomb attack in Belfast on Friday, March 4th.
PSNI detectives detained the woman (35) in the Belfast area on Thursday.
She was taken to Musgrave Serious Crime Suite for questioning.
A court has also granted detectives an additional 24 hours to question three men, aged 34, 39 and 45, who were arrested on Sunday in relation to the incident.
A prison officer (52) required surgery after an explosive device detonated under the van he was driving on March 4th.
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.
Additional reporting: PA