A dissident Irish group calling itself the IRA said on Monday that it was responsible for the attempted murder of a prison officer in Northern Ireland.
The group, also referred to as the New IRA (Irish Republican Army), says it planted a bomb under the officer’s van in east Belfast, the BBC reported.
The 52-year-old – who has not been identified – suffered serious injuries when a bomb exploded under his van on Friday morning.
The IRA says he was targeted for training officers at Maghaberry Prison near Lisburn in County Antrim.
Three men, aged 34, 41 and 45, and a 34-year-old woman have been arrested.
Police said the device partially exploded when the prison officer, a father of three, drove over a speed ramp in Hillsborough Drive.
He is in a stable condition in hospital.
In a statement to the BBC, the group said he was one of a number of prison officers on a list of “potential targets”.
They claimed he was targeted because he was responsible for…