The Church of Ireland Bishop of Derry and Raphoe says people across Northern Ireland “refuse to be brought back to a time of division and violence.”
Bishop Ken Good spoke out after four live mortar bombs were intercepted by police in Derry on Sunday evening.
Police believe the target was a police station in the city. Three men have been arrested in the operation linked to dissident republicans.
Rev. Good said: “The whole community in our city is united in condeming the planned mortar attack in Londonderry which was thwarted on Sunday night.
“We simply refuse to be brought back to a time of division and violence. The vision of positive community cooperation and volunteerism for our common good that we saw in the city over this past weekend is the hope for the future that we choose.”
About 100 families had to leave their homes in the vicinity of Letterkenny Road/Lone Moor Road in the overnight alert.
Police say the bombs could have caused mass murder.