THERE has been cross-party condemnation of a pipe bomb attack on a home in Derry under the cover of darkness.
A viable pipe bomb was thrown at the property in the Waterside’s Bann Drive and exploded around 11.15 pm on Tuesday night.
A couple inside at the time cheated injury in the attack.
Police have appealed for anyone with information about those behind it to contact detectives at Strand Road on the 101 number.
SDLP Council Group Leader for Derry & Strabane District Councillor Martin Reilly blasted the attack as a “disgrace”.
Speaking after visiting the scene, Cllr Reilly said:
“The motive for this attack is unclear, but what is crystal clear is that the outcome of this reckless attack could have been fatal.
“Speaking with a number of residents, many of whom have young families, it is clear they are very unnerved by last night’s events.
“In 2018, it is despicable that young children should be taken from their beds and placed in a local community centre for safety.
“This type of attack is not wanted or welcome in the area, and I would urge anyone with information to contact crimestoppers on 101,” he added.
Sinn Féin Councillor Christopher Jackson has condemned those behind the attack.
“The security alert in Bann Drive has caused significant disruption to local residents this morning with many homes being evacuated and the street closed.
“Those responsible for this disruption have shown complete disregard for the people of the Waterside.
“Attacks such as this must be condemned in the strongest possible terms.
“There can be no justification for this type of activity and I would appeal to anyone with information to contact the police,” he added.
DUP MLA Gary Middleton described it is a disturbing incident.
“There can’t be any justification as to why the property was targeted,” he said.
“People are concerned that this has happened in their area.
“Somebody could end up losing a life.”Tags: