Politicians condemn 'cowardly and futile' bomb

Those who placed this potential bomb have nothing to offer the community except heartache and sorrow.

The thugs who carry out this type of an action are rejected by the vast majority of the community as being wicked and evil ... who care nothing for innocent life.

I pay tribute to the PSNI officers and the bomb squad officers who risked their lives to make the area safe not only for the intended victim but all who live in close proximity.

– Robin Newton, Democratic Unionist Assembly member for East Belfast

My immediate thoughts and prayers are with the officer and family directly affected by this cowardly and futile act and the people working to restore safety to all residents in the area.Those behind this incident have absolutely nothing to offer the local community and are only intent on taking Northern Ireland back to a time of deep division through violent attacks.

Anyone, from whatever background, considering an attack on the PSNI should remember that officers have the full support of the vast majority of people across Northern Ireland. Any attack will only serve to risk misery to families and resolve the will of this community to reject violence in favour of peace.

– Chris Lyttle , East Belfast Alliance MLA

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