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Detectives are investigating the attempted murder of police officers following an explosion

March 12, 2013, 2:39 pm

Detectives from PSNI’s Serious Crime Branch investigating the attempted murder of police officers in the Newtownabbey area on Saturday 9 March have today made a fresh appeal for information.

An explosive device was discovered after police officers responding to a call in the area of the Duncrue Towpath reported hearing a blast on Saturday night.

Detectives can now confirm they are investigating the possibility that a suspected firearm discovered on the pathway between Hazelbank and Duncrue on Saturday morning is linked to the attack.

They are also investigating the possibility that a call made from a public phone box outside shops at the junction of Antrim Road and Fortwilliam Road, North Belfast, at approximately 7:40pm on Saturday is also linked to the incident.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Karen Baxter, explained: “As part of our follow-up inquiries, we now believe that the discovery of a suspected firearm on the towpath could be linked to the attack and I am very keen to speak to anyone who may have been in the area of the towpath before midday on Saturday.

“I would also urge anyone who was at the shops at the junction of Antrim Road and Fortwilliam Road on Saturday evening, in and around 7:40pm, to contact us. There is a takeaway restaurant, an off-licence, and a bank in this area so it would have been busy at this time.

“I would appeal to anyone who was in these areas at the times specified, to contact us immediately on 02890 700303.

“Alternatively, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously onĀ 0800 555 111.”

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