25/11/2003

Murphy condemns bomb attack

Secretary of State, Paul Murphy has condemned last night's bomb attack near an army base in Co Tyrone.

Dissident republicans are thought to have been behind the device which exploded in Dungannon at around 10pm on Monday.

Two police officers narrowly escaped injury in the attack as they cleared the area surrounding the device.

Mr Murphy said: "Attacks on PSNI officers will be greeted with contempt right across the community. Police officers work on behalf of the whole of society and an attack on them is an attack on all of us."

Police said a local priest received a telephone warning from a man claiming to be from the Continuity IRA, who said a car bomb had been left at the Killymeal Road Army base.

However, a suspect vehicle was not found.

Shortly afterwards a man spotted a suspect device on the road and immediately contacted police.

As police cleared the area the bomb partially exploded.

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