The Foyle MLA said that those responsible want to murder police officers and they don’t care who gets caught in their crossfire.
He said: “The discovery of this bomb again underlines that violent dissident republicans are ramping up their efforts to break our peace and murder people in our community.
!The people of this city and people across this island have rejected those who have tried to divide us with violence, we will reject them again.
“Those responsible like to think that they are in an ages old battle with crown forces in Ireland. They are not.
“They have set themselves against the peaceful and democratic wishes of the people of Ireland.
“Their fight is with us and they will never win.
“They are made stronger, however, by the failure of politics and politicians to work together.
“Every day we spend in our trenches, refusing to cooperate and meet the needs of people and communities across this island promotes the politics of division further.
“It creates the space for the ideology of romantic violence to germinate in a new generation. There must be a political response,” added the SDLP Leader.