The bombers involved in last weekend’s murder of a young PSNI officer in Omagh may have come from Donegal.
Republican sources in Omagh believe the dissidents, who carried out the bombing which killed 25-year-old catholic PSNI constable Ronan Kerr, were not local and came from across the border in Donegal or Strabane.
While the no group has admitted planting the bomb which exploded under the GAA member’s car on Saturday afternoon, security sources on both sides of the border believe an amalgamation of the Real IRA and Oglaigh na h Eireann was responsible.
But security sources told the Irish Times the theory that the bomber may have come from the Republic as complete speculation.
Dozens of runners from Donegal were part of a 2,000 strong field which took part in the Omagh half-marathon which passed the scene of the bombing a matter of hours earlier.
Last night the Bishop of Derry, Donegal man Dr. Seamus Hegarty, and Rt. Rev. Ken Good, the Church of Ireland Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, travelled together to meet the family of the murdered PSNI officer.
Dr. Hegarty said the murder of the GAA enthusiast was “shocking and sinful”.
“This is a crime against a man who served and protected the public, is a crime against all in our society,” he said.
“The police, who serve and protect us, are deserving of our support. I reiterate my support, both personally and as the Bishop of the Diocese of Derry, for those who serve the community as police officers and the right of
young men and women to join the police.
“I call upon anyone with information regarding this brutal killing to provide that information to the police.”
Bishop Good, the Church of Ireland Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, says those behind the bombing would have to “answer not only to their conscience but to their maker.”
“There are no words to adequately describe the inhumanity of the murder of a young PSNI officer in Omagh,” he said.
“The cruelty and shame of those who committed this act, either in planting the device or in supplying of information, is displayed to all of the world. It has brought needless devastation to the family of this young officer.”
Sinn Féin’s Donegal South West TD Pearse Doherty strongly condemned the murder of Constable Kerr.
“My first thoughts are with the family and friends of Ronan Kerr in what must be a hugely traumatic time for them.
“This futile act has done nothing to advance the cause of Irish freedom and has resulted in a community and a family grieving for the loss of a loved one.
“Those who carried out this attack need to stop and stop now. They are not representative of republicans.”