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#Car Bomb

A SECOND MAN has appeared in court in connection with a car bomb outside the Strand Road PSNI station in Derry earlier this month.

Thomas Christopher Nash, 53, from Iveagh Park, Prehen, was charged with possessing weapons and intent to endanger life or property. He denies the charges.

Two men forced a taxi driver to take them and a 200lb bomb to the police station early on 3 August. The bomb exploded causing damage to a number of nearby businesses, but no one was injured.

Police discovered guns and ammunition in searches at Nash’s marital home and a second address where he lives.

Bail was refused by the judge, who said the discovery of a rifle coupled with balaclavas and a sighting scope was extremely dangerous. Nash is due to appear in court again next month.

On Friday, a 42-year-old man was remanded on charges of causing an explosion likely to endanger life or damage property. He remains in custody and will appear in court on 2 September.

A FORMER POLICE officer in Tyrone has escaped injury after a bomb partially exploded beneath his car. The man, who now works as a security guard at Cookstown PSNI station, was driving to work at the time of the explosion. Dissident republicans have been blamed for the bomb. This is the third such attack on security personnel in the North in a week.

AN ARMY BOMB disposal unit has carried out a controlled explosion on a car abandoned outside a police station in west Belfast. Around 100 families were evacuated from the area, according to the Belfast Telegraph. On Tuesday, a car bomb exploded outside a police station in Derry, and yesterday a bomb was found under a soldier’s car in Co Down. No one was injured in either incident.