16/03/2016

Murder Investigation Launched Following Death Of Prisoner Officer

Police have launched a murder investigation following the death of a prison officer in east Belfast.

Adrian Ismay, 52, died after being injured by a bomb which went off under the van he was driving on Hillsborough Drive on 04 March.

He died as a direct result of the injuries he sustained during the explosion.

Mr Ismay was on his way to work to Hydebank Wood Young Offenders Centre when the device detonated.
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Senior Investigating Officer Detective Chief Inspector Richard Campbell said, "Today is yet another difficult day for the Ismay family, his friends and colleagues as they struggle to come to terms with the events of the past 12 days. We have spoken to the family this morning and advised them of this development.

"We are also liaising with the Public Prosecution Service in relation to the individual who is currently charged with attempted murder and causing an explosion with intent to endanger life."

Meanwhile, police have also released photographs of two vehicles they believe were used in a bomb attack on a prison officer.

Police are appealing for information on a red Citroen C3, SKZ6662, and a silver Skoda Fabia, KFZ2352, which is believed to have been used before and after the incident by those involved.

Detective Chief Inspector Richard Campbell said: "Adrian's profession was simply to keep people safe and we will do everything possible to bring those responsible to justice."

(CD)

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