Eleven people have been arrested by police investigating the attempted murder of a senior detective in Northern Ireland.

DCI John Caldwell was shot multiple times at a sports complex in Omagh, County Tyrone, in February in an attack linked to dissident republicans.

Nine men and two women, aged between 21 and 72, were arrested on Friday morning under the Terrorism Act in Omagh and Coalisland, Tyrone.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said it had carried out a “significant search and arrest operation”. The suspects have been taken to the PSNI’s serious crime suite in Musgrave police station in Belfast for questioning.

Caldwell was seriously injured after he was shot several times at the sports centre after coaching a youth football team. His son was with him as he loaded footballs into the boot of his car when the gunmen approached.

Earlier this week, Caldwell attended a garden party in County Down with King Charles and Queen Camilla. It was the first time he had appeared in public since the attack.

It is understood he had a private audience with the king before the event. Camilla also spent some minutes speaking to Caldwell during the garden party at Hillsborough Castle.

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By Justin