Seven men charged over attempted murder of senior police detective in Northern Ireland

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Seven men have been charged over the attempted murder of a senior police detective in Northern Ireland.

Detective Chief Inspector John Caldwell was shot several times at a sports complex in Omagh, Co Tyrone, on 22 February, where he had been coaching a youth football team.

Police announced on Saturday night that seven men had been charged with attempted murder.

Two of them are also charged with membership of the IRA, and three with preparation of terrorist acts.

The statement from the Police Service of Northern Ireland says that all seven men are expected to appear before Dungannon Magistrates Court via video link on Monday.

It gives the ages of the men as 28, 28, 33, 38, 45, 47 and 72.

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DCI Caldwell, who suffered “life-changing” injuries in the attack, was released from hospital in April.

Earlier this week, he attended a garden party in Co Down with the King and Queen in his first public appearance since the attack.

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