31 Dec 2012

Bomb placed under police officer's car

10:26 am on 31 December 2012

Police in Northern Ireland say a bomb placed under a police officer's car outside his home in Belfast was intended to kill.

The BBC said the officer found the bomb as he was about to take his wife and children out for lunch on Sunday.

Army bomb disposal officers later carried out a controlled explosion.

Assistant Chief Constable George Hamilton said the device had been placed below the vehicle sometime in the past 48 hours.

The BBC reports that dissident paramilitary groups have attacked a number of police officers in Northern Ireland in recent years.

In April 2011, a constable was killed when a booby-trap car bomb exploded under his car in Omagh, County Tyrone.

The previous year, another constable lost a leg as he drove to work in County Antrim.