Bomb targets visited by church leaders

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Two of Derry’s most senior clerics have paid a joint visit to the parents of a PSNI officer who were the victims of a pipe bomb attack in Shantallow on Sunday night.

Bishop Ken Good, Church of Ireland Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, and Fr Michael Canny, on behalf of Derry diocese, made the visit on Tuesday night.

In a statement both churchmen said they were united in their condemnation of the incident.

“This attack was designed to maim and intimidate and we unite in condemning it,” they said.

“Our community is shocked to think of the consequences in terms of injury and suffering that could have been inflicted through such a reckless act. The community also rejects such a total disregard for the sacredness of human life.

“Our visit to the family today is not just an expression of pastoral support but also a statement of our solidarity with them on behalf of our communities. The family has shown considerable courage and dignity in the face of such an attack.

“We are grateful to people who offer their service to the community through membership of the PSNI. We give them our unequivocal support and encourage young people from across the community not to be deterred from serving the public by joining the PSNI. The future for our community lies in finding ways to serve our neighbour rather than seeking to injure or intimidate them.”

On Monday PSNI superintendent Chris Yates said the device, which he described as a “sizeable pipe bomb” had been lit but failed to explode.

He said the device was “the equivalent of a military hand grenade.”