The north’s two most senior politicians have condemned last night’s double bomb attack in Derry.
Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness described the bombs as “attacks on the people of the city.”
“Those responsible must be apprehended quickly and brought before the courts. Derry has so much to look forward to in the next couple of years, yet some people seem set on causing mayhem and causing as much disruption as possible.
“The attack on the Tourist Office is a direct attack on the potential brought about through the City of Culture recognition and the upcoming All-Ireland Fleadh bid. These attacks serve no purpose - theirs is an agenda of the past; ours is of the future.
“Their actions will be universally condemned.”
Peter Robinson, the north’s First Minister said those responsible were “intent on bringing us back to the bad old days.”
“With the launch of NI 2012 ‘Your Time, Our Place’ in London on Wednesday we were showcasing all that was good in Northern Ireland and the benefits it has to offer.
“Last night we witnessed the actions of people who have nothing to offer and seem intent on bringing us back to the bad old days. They will not succeed. Their actions, in bringing disruption and fear to the local community, are reprehensible.”