Theresa Villiers, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, has condemned the placing of an explosive device under a serving prison officer’s car.
The explosion on Hillsborough Drive has seriously injured the 52 year old prison officer.
“I utterly condemn this vicious attack on a prison officer in East Belfast.
Like all his colleagues in the prison service, this officer serves the whole of the community, in stark contrast to the people who carried out this appalling and violent crime.
I strongly urge anyone with information about this murder attempt to contact the police to help bring those responsible to justice”.
Arlene Foster, the Leader of DUP, said:
“Disgraceful and despicable attack in East Belfast”.