Strabane, Northern Ireland– The Police Service for Northern Ireland (PSNI) stated that a “substantial” bomb detonated on Tuesday evening while three police officers were patrolling in the area.

We are incredibly lucky that the lives of officers and other members of the community were not lost last night,” said Supt Gordon McCalmont.

“We appreciate the understanding and patience of local residents while we carry out our enquiries and would appeal for anyone with information about suspicious activity in the area to contact us.”- BBC

Police stated that no one has claimed responsibility for the bombing and but they believe dissident republicans planted the device. PSNI Chief Inspector Ivor Morton stated that he could not confirm if the incident was due to the death of former Northern Ireland deputy first minister and ex-IRA commander Martin McGuinness. This is reportedly the third attempt to injure or kill police officers by dissident republicans this year.