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Bombing of Alliance office in Lisburn 'an attack on democracy'

BY AMANDA FERGUSON

A pipe bomb attack on an Alliance Party office in Lisburn has been described as "an attack on democracy".

Initially it was thought that petrol had been poured through the shutters at the Graham Gardens office of Alliance Lagan Valley MLA Trevor Lunn on Saturday morning at around 6am.

It later emerged the damage to the premises was caused by what police have described as a "pipe-type explosive device".

A PSNI spokesman said detectives were keen to talk to anyone who was in the Bachelors Walk and Railway Street areas from 5.30am on Saturday.

Mr Lunn said the weekend incident was "an attack on democracy. There is no place in our society for this violence that should be condemned by all," he added. "This attack will not deter us from continuing to work on behalf of the people of Lagan Valley.

"This is the latest in a number of attacks on Alliance Party offices, but we will not give in to violence and intimidation.

"Alliance will continue to work to achieve a shared future for everyone."

Meanwhile, Lagan Valley MP Jeffrey Donaldson described the attack as "an assault on democracy itself" and urged anybody with any information to contact police.

"I may not agree with the Alliance Party on many issues but I absolutely defend their right to pursue their politics through the democratic process," the DUP man added.

"Violence of any kind can have no part to play in resolving the issues that confront us at this time."

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