Disgust as bombing injures children
Northern Ireland's political leaders say they are shocked and disgusted at a dissident republican bombing that injured three children.
First Minister Peter Robinson and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness also condemned overnight petrol bomb attacks on police near the scene of Saturday's explosion in Lurgan, Co Armagh.
A device exploded in a wheelie bin as police searched part of the town following a vague bomb warning that is now believed to have been an attempt to lure officers into a trap.
Two 12-year-old children and a two-year-old infant suffered minor injuries from flying debris and were left shocked by the blast, but police said it was a miracle they were not more seriously hurt.
Mr Robinson said: "Yesterday's bomb attack was designed to maim, injure and kill whoever happened to be close by, including children. There can be no doubt as to just how depraved and evil these criminals are. Attacking young innocent children is callous and shows a complete disregard for the people of Northern Ireland.
"My thoughts are with the parents of the injured children at this time. All right- thinking individuals will be absolutely appalled at the recklessness of these actions. Those involved in these attacks need to know that they will not succeed in taking society back."
Mr McGuinness said: "There is no justification whatsoever for yesterday's attack. No cause or belief will be served by attacks on our children. These attacks must stop and stop now, this is not the way forward for any section of our society.
"I would call on anyone with any information whatsoever to contact the authorities and prevent other from being injured or killed."