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Omagh : United Kingdom | Apr 02, 2011 at 4:47 PM PDT
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A 25-year-old police officer was killed after a bomb had exploded under his car in Omagh, County Tyrone.

The device had exploded under the vehicle outside his home in Highfield Close, only before 1600 BST.

Neighbours had rushed to try to help him and some had used fire extinguishers to put out the flames from the explosion. He died right away at the scene.

He had been recently qualified and was the second policeman to be killed since the PSNI had been formed out of the RUC in the year of 2001.

Since the year of 2007, dissident republicans had planted dozens of booby-trap bombs under the private cars belonging to the police officers.

The bombs had failed to detonate, but two policemen had lost their legs in attacks in the month of May in the year of 2008 and also in the month of January in the year of 2010.

Approximately 2,000 people, who had been taking part in the Omagh Half Marathon, had passed the nearby entrance to the estate only hours before the blast happened.

Politicians and party leaders from across the Northern Ireland and the Republic had condemned the attack. As of yet there were no claims of the responsibility for his murder.

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