Northern Ireland

Belfast bomb: Man charged with attempted murder of prison officer

A security operation in place at Hillsborough Drive following the explosion Image copyright Pacemaker
Image caption The bomb exploded under the prison officer's van in east Belfast last week

A man has been charged with the attempted murder of a prison officer in a bomb attack in Belfast last week.

The officer, 52, was seriously injured when a booby-trap device exploded under his van on Friday, 4 March.

A dissident republican group known as the New IRA said it carried out the attack.

The 45-year-old man has also been charged with possession of explosives with intent to endanger life or cause serious injury to property.

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Image caption Dissident republicans claimed they were behind the attack

He is due to appear in court in Belfast on Saturday.

A 39-year-old man who was also arrested in connection with the attack has been released pending a report to the Public Prosecution Service.

Another man, a 34-year-old, who was being questioned about the bombing has been released unconditionally.

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