A bomb left near a police officer’s car outside her home in County Londonderry was an attempt to kill her and her young daughter, police have said.
The explosive was attached to a container of flammable liquid next to her car in Dungiven on Monday.
This was designed to cause a fireball which would have engulfed the victim’s car and anyone in it or close by, said Assistant Chief Constable Mark McEwan.
Police believe the dissident republican group the New IRA was responsible.
What is really distressing here is the terrorists placed the bomb at the rear of the car directly at the point where the victim’s three-year-old daughter sits, said ACC McEwan of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI).
This demonstrates the complete and utter disregard for the life of a mother and her toddler – this simply beggars belief.
First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill have described the attempted attack as reprehensible.
I do give thanks that she has survived this dreadful murder attempt, said Mrs Foster, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader.
Police said the device was found at the officer’s home on Monday morning.
When I spoke to this lady earlier I gave her my prayerful support and indeed solidarity at this difficult time.
To the republicans who sought to murder this young mother, your campaign is futile, you will never succeed.
ACC McEwan said dissident republicans were still intent on recklessly targeting honest hardworking members of our community.
They have no concern at all for those that are killed or harmed in the process, he said.
It’s time for people to examine their own conscience and ask themselves whether they support groups who are attempting to kill a three-year-old child and her mother.
We will be unrelenting in our efforts to bring these people to justice.
The attack is believed to be the work of the New IRA, says ACC Mark McEwan.
Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) Chief Constable Simon Byrne said it was an outrageous attack on the officer and her family.
Part of Ballyquin Road, which had been closed while police examined the scene, reopened on Tuesday evening.