Five men have been arrested by detectives investigating the attempted murder of police in a bomb blast in Northern Ireland.

Dissident republicans were blamed for last weekend's attack in Lurgan, Co Armagh, when police were lured to a bomb in the Victoria Street area, which was then detonated.

Police said the five suspects, aged 28, 31 and 36, and two 46-year-olds, were detained in Co Armagh over the last 24 hours.

PSNI officers were called to the scene near a cross-border railway line after a phone call to the Samaritans last Saturday claiming a device aimed at a police patrol during the early hours had failed to explode.

Homes were evacuated and a hoax device, which was not capable of detonating, was discovered.

But during a follow-up search by police to declare the area safe a suspected anti-personnel bomb exploded.
No-one was injured in the explosion.

The suspects have been taken to the Serious Crime Suite at Antrim police station for questioning.