LONDON/BELFAST – A police car was attacked by a homemade bomb in the Northern Irish city of Strabane on Friday night. Both members of the police patrol managed to escape without injury. The police are investigating the attack as attempted murder, DPA reports.
A 1998 peace deal ended three decades of violence in Northern Ireland between Irish republicans and British loyalist paramilitary groups as well as security forces. Remnants of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) have been sporadically attacking security forces since then, but none of the attacks have been successful in the past three years. Strabane lies approximately 130 kilometers west of Belfast, close to the British border with the Republic of Ireland. The Strabane attack was condemned by politicians from both sides of the border.