Politicians across the spectrum have strongly denounced those who planted a bomb outside an Army training unit used by local university students.
The viable device was left close to the Queen's University Officer Training Corps (OTC) building in the Malone Road area of south Belfast off Cadogan Park last Friday (January 21) and caused serious disruption to the rush hour traffic route.
Sinn Fein MLA Alex Maskey condemned those behind the incident and said: “Those responsible have nothing to offer other than causing disruption and creating the potential for someone to lose their lives. They are out of touch with the will of the vast majority of the people in Ireland who have indicated that they want to move forward without this type of disruption.”
SDLP MLA Conall McDevitt said: “Two of Belfast’s busiest routes have been brought to a virtual standstill, preventing |parents collecting children from school and hindering business in our community.
“The perpetrators must realise that this type of politics failed in the past and will fail again.”
Anna Lo MLA said: “The despicable attempt by sinister elements to cause chaos will not and must not damage stability and progress in Northern Ireland.”
Michael McGimpsey (UU) said: “We are very lucky today that the speedy actions of Queen’s security staff, that discovered the device, police and Army personnel mean that there are no injuries or fatalities. Without the actions of these people we could have been looking at a very different situation.
“The perpetrators have no place in our society.”