Bomb attack was ‘sheer madness’ - PSNI

PSNI Chief Superintendent Stephen Martin pictured during yesterday morning's Press conference at Strand Road PSNI Station on the previous night's bomb attack on the City of Culture premises. 1410JM56
PSNI Chief Superintendent Stephen Martin pictured during yesterday morning's Press conference at Strand Road PSNI Station on the previous night's bomb attack on the City of Culture premises. 1410JM56

Derry’s most senior police officer has described Wednesday night’s bomb attack as “senseless and madness.”

Chief Superintendent Stephen Martin made the comment yesterday morning as PSNI officers examined the scene of the blast and trawled through CCTV footage from the area.

“My reaction is one of condemnation and relief. Relief first and foremost that no one was hurt and the area was evacuated and by the police officers who went there, put themselves in harm’s way and got people out but also one of condemnation around the sheer senselessness and madness associated with this act,” he said.

CS Martin also said the bomb was contained in a rucksack left outside the office.

“It was a smallish device but it seems to have caused quite a bit of damage to the City of Culture office itself. It absolutely could have had lethal consequences if someone had been standing beside it when it detonated. That is the madness about this. These are not made by manufacturing companies. They are improvised, clandestinely-made devices made in garages and barns by people with limited engineering experience. If this device had exploded when someone was near it they would have been killed or injured,” he said.

He also said: “There is not an absolute security response to this and it would be completely counterproductive to close the city centre down and take steps to create imagery associated with the past.”