Derry attacks ‘could have killed police or residents’

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Politicians in Derry have condemned the shooting of a man and a pipe bomb attack on a PSNI vehicle in Creggan in which the device exploded in a resident’s garden.

SDLP and Sinn Fein MLAs condemned the incidents which occurred on Sunday. The shooting of a man in both legs was the second such incident in 24 hours.

Sinn Fein MLA Raymond McCartney tweeted: “Shootings and the bomb tonight have no place in a City looking to the future. These actions must be opposed by all. Stand together!

“The many were in Dublin with DCFC, the few were out bringing hurt and hardship to our city. Stand together and say no more.”

He later issed a statement saying: ““The gangs behind these attacks have no regard for anyone and if they continue with this reckless agenda it is only a matter of time before a member of the public is killed or injured. The shooting incident in Shantallow is the second on the streets of our city in less than twenty four hours. Derry is a place looking to the future and will not be held back by criminal gangs masquerading as republicans.”

SDLP Foyle MLA Pat Ramsey has also condemned those behind the attacks as “violent thugs intent on killing.”

Mr Ramsey said: “I have been made aware of a number of incidents in the city this evening which are characterised by reckless violence.

“I understand that a young man was shot in both legs in yet another ‘paramilitary style’ attack in the Liscloon drive area. This is a vicious and heinous attack on a young person in our city and should be condemned by everyone.

“There is no room for this kind of savage attack in the prosperous Derry we’re trying to build. My thoughts and prayers are with the young man and his family at this difficult time.

“It also seems to be the case that a suspected pipe bomb was thrown at a police patrol in the Creggan area of the city. The device missed the patrol and bounced into a nearby garden, leaving residents deeply shaken.

“It’s simply through luck, rather than design, that this attack didn’t take the lives of police officers or residents. It’s simply an outrageous attack on this community. The perpetrators have nothing to offer but pain and misery that the people of the city don’t want, need or deserve. I would call on anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious or who may have any information to contact the PSNI as soon as possible.”