Police officer killed in Omagh attack named

The PSNI officer killed by a device planted under his car in Omagh this afternoon has been named. He was 25 year old Constable Ronan Kerr, who hads recently graduated from the Police Training College.

Chief Constable Matt Baggott said tragedy has returned to Omagh. He said everyone should mourn the loss of "one of our brave and courageous peacekeepers and peacemakers."

Constable Kerr is the second policeman to be killed since the PSNI replaced the RUC  in 2001.

In March 2009, 48 year old Constable Stephen Carroll was shot dead by the Continuity IRA as he answered a distress call in Craigavon.  The attack happened two days after the Real IRA shot dead two soldiers outside Massereene Barracks in Antrim.