Bomb blast at Culture office

PSNI forensic officers begin a fingertip search around the UK City of Culture offices. (1410PG02)
PSNI forensic officers begin a fingertip search around the UK City of Culture offices. (1410PG02)

Bombers have targeted Derry’s City of Culture office for the second time this year.

The bomb exploded shortly before 11pm last night (Wednesday). Police say there are no reports of any injuries although some damage has been caused to the building at the junction of Custom House Street and the Guildhall Square.

Derry’s MP Mark Durkan says those behind the latest attack “have shown complete and utter contempt for the people of Derry.”

He says they were “out to destroy.”

“Derry is a city with many challenges and with many difficulties. But the City of Culture is one of the opportunities we have.

“It has been strongly supported across our city, not just for the positive ongoing work to make it a memorable and successful year for Derry, but for the legacy that it will create long after 2013 as a springboard for future investment here.

“This callous and dangerous act flies in the face of the efforts made by so many people to improve life here. Thankfully no-one has been injured but those graces are no thanks to those who are behind this attack,” he says

Sinn Fein MLA Raymond McCartney says those behind the attack should “step forward and explain their actions.”

“Such attacks are futile and will achieve absolutely nothing other than to disrupt the lives of people in Derry as they try to go about their daily business.

“Staff at the City of Culture offices are working night and day to attract investment, tourism and job creation for the citizens of Derry. And working to ensure that Irish culture in fully included in the plans for Derry in 2013.

“The last thing the people of Derry want are incidents like this taking place which is attempting to undermine that good work.”

In January a small device also exploded at the City of Culture office.

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