Suspect Arrested Over Strabane Mortar Bomb

Detectives investigating the discovery of a mortar bomb pointed in the direction of a police station in County Tyrone have arrested a 33-year-old man.

The improvised explosive device was found in the Church View area of Strabane on Saturday 07 September on a wall overlooking the station.

Police believed a hijacked pizza delivery vehicle was used to transport the IED to Church View at around 9.45pm the previous evening. It was planted in a residential area, placing multiple local residents at risk.

The suspect was arrested on Tuesday and remains in police custody. The attack, which comes amid a spate of dissident republican murder bids on police, has been blamed on the New IRA.
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Detectives are seeking to trace the movements of the orange Fiat Sedici delivery vehicle after it was hijacked in the area of Mount Sion, Ballycolman at around 9.40pm on Friday.

The vehicle is believed to have taken the following route: Mount Sion, Ballycolman Avenue, Bridge Street, Market Street and Church Street. It was subsequently abandoned on Evish Road, Strabane. Anyone who was in these areas or travelling on this route between 9.40pm and 10.20pm on Friday, who may have dash cam footage is urged to contact detectives in Strabane on 101 quoting reference 371 07/09/19.

Information can also be provided by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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