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The BBC's Tom Coulter
"No organisation has yet admitted carrying out the bombing"
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SDLP MP Eddie McGrady:
"I am concerned this could be a start of further terrorist attacks"
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Thursday, 2 November, 2000, 10:27 GMT
Policeman 'critical' after dissident attack

Army bomb disposal experts searched the attack scene
A policeman injured in a bomb attack in Castlewellan, County Down remains critically ill in hospital.

The explosion occurred as the officer and a colleague were walking through the main gates of Castlewellan RUC Station shortly after 0300 GMT on Wednesday.

The reserve constable, who is in the Royal Victoria Hospital, in Belfast has lost his left leg and a finger and thumb.

Police in Northern Ireland are blaming dissident republicans for the bomb attack on the police station.

Treated for shock

The officer, who is in his 40s, is said to be in a "critical condition" in the Royal Victoria Hospital.

He is a full-time police reservist who is married with three children.

His male colleague was treated for shock and later discharged.

The police said it was still to early to determine the type of device used in the bombing. There are unconfirmed reports that the bomb was hidden in a traffic cone.

It followed a number of dissident republican attacks on security bases recently.

The Real IRA and Continuity IRA oppose the peace process and the ceasefire by the mainstream Provisional IRA.

RUC Chief Inspector William Dornan said the latest attack was "totally reckless and unwarranted, not only on officers but the community as a whole".

He said the officers had been returning to the station from a "well-earned break after an extremely busy Halloween night when the attack happened".

Security minister Adam Ingram said he "utterly condemned the attack".

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