Policeman killed in Omagh car bomb attack

A policeman has been killed in a bomb attack in Omagh. The 25 year old police officer, who had recently joined the force,  died after a device went off under his car outside his home in Highfield Close, just before 4 o'clock this (Saturday) afternoon.

The killing has been roundly condemned, First Minister Peter Robinson says eveyone but a few neanderthals has moved on, and thery will not be allowed drag everyone else back into the past. Sinn Fein President and Louth TD Gerry Adams echoed that this evening, saying his party is determined that those responsible would not set back the progress of the peace and political process. Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore have also condemned those responsible.

Just a few hours before the blast, nearly 2,000 people taking part in the Omagh Half Marathon had run past the entrance to the estate.