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Leaders condemn car bomb attempt

Politicians have condemned the planting of a bomb under a policeman's car in Belfast.

The viable device was placed under a serving officer's car in the east of the city with dissident republicans being blamed for the attempted murder.

PSNI Assistant Chief Constable George Hamilton said: "It is very fortunate that this device was detected before it exploded and that no one was killed or seriously injured.

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"Initial investigations would indicate that this was a viable device placed below an officer's car sometime in the last 48 hours."

ACC Hamilton added: "Our belief is that this attempted murder was carried by those opposed to peace from within dissident republicanism.

"They don't care who they attack, they don't care who they kill. They are simply anti-peace and determined to carry on bringing pain and devastation

to families and communities by maiming and killing," he said.

The SDLP's policing spokesperson, Conall McDevitt, condemned the attack, describing it as a "cynical and deplorable act."

East Belfast DUP MLA, Robin Newton, said the attack was an attempt to murder.

"Those who placed this potential bomb have nothing to offer the community except heartache and sorrow," he said.

"They have no strategy and no support from the people of Ireland who have voted for change to be made through the democratic process. These actions will achieve nothing except bring misery and hurt to another family. Thankfully, no one was hurt in this incident."