Bishop leads condemnation

Civic and religious leaders in Derry have condemned those behind Wednesday night’s gun attack on PSNI officers and members of the public on the Glen Road.

Several shots were fired in the direction of police officers and a number of local residents during the incident.

The condemnation was led by the Bishop of Derry, Dr Seamus Hegarty, who said: “This gun attack in the city showed a reckless disregard for the sanctity of human life. A healthy human community can only flourish where there is respect for human life. Those engaged in serving and protecting the public are themselves deserving of the support of the community they serve.”

Foyle MP Mark Durkan described the gun attack - which took place close to his home - as “cowardly.”

“We must all unite in rejecting the violence, the ways and the arguments of those who would carry out such an attack.

“We must also all unite in offering our support to the entire policing family who are under threat at this time. This appalling attack demonstrates just how vulnerable any police officer can be,” he said.

Local Sinn Féin councillor Maeve McLaughlin said: “These actions are not wanted by the Rosemount and Glen communities. As an elected representative I know people want the police to be in the area.

“I am calling on whoever was responsible for this and the subsequent disruption to the lives of the local community, to come forward and justify it, and bring these futile actions to an end.”

The ambush is the latest in a series of attacks on the PSNI in the city. In October the Real IRA said it had to abandon a gun attack on PSNI officers because of what it described as “civilian interference.” Óglaigh na hÉireann exploded a 200lbs car bomb outside Strand Road PSNI station in August.

In November 2007 the Real IRA shot and wounded Catholic police officer Jim Doherty as he drove his child to school in Bishop Street.