Saturday, April 2, 2011

Bomb Kills a Policeman in Northern Ireland

A bomb exploded under a car and killed an officer in the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) on the afternoon of April 2, 2011 in Omagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. Omagh is the main town in County Tyrone.

Cover of the Belfast Telegraph:

The officer was a 25 year old Catholic who had recently joined the PSNI and had just graduated from the PSNI training college. The device detonated outside his home on Highfield Close, off the Gortin Road, shortly before 4PM.

No other casualties are reported at this time. Neighbors report the officer was in the Ford Mondeo car alone.

The killing is the first in Northern Ireland since March 2009 when a dissident republican Continuity IRA group shot dead a policeman in Armagh.

In February 2011, 29.7% of the 7,200 officers in the PSNI were from the Catholic community. This is a large change from 2002 when the PSNI predicessor organization, the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC), had more than 90 percent of it's officers from the Protestant community.

Politicians have condemned those responsible for the bomb attack.

You can more here:

Belfast Telegraph: Funeral held for murdered policeman

Irish Times here

RTE here

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