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Andy Logue, whose home was targeted by bombers

Andy Logue, whose home was targeted by bombers

Police searching the area yesterday

Police searching the area yesterday

Andy Logue, whose home was targeted by bombers

A man living in a flat targeted in a pipe bomb attack has said it was an attempt to murder him because he is a Catholic.

Police were called to the flat in Heron Way, a loyalist estate in the Waterside area of Londonderry, by Andy Logue after a brick was thrown at his window.

During a search a petrol bomb was discovered, as well as the pipe bomb which led to a number of families having to leave their homes overnight.

The PSNI has blamed loyalist paramilitaries.

Mr Logue (61), who only moved into his home four months ago, said his 16-year-old daughter was with him when the attack took place.

Describing what happened, he said: "My daughter was getting ready to go back home when there was a loud crash. My daughter jumped up on me - she was terrified.

"I ran out to the kitchen and saw the window was smashed so I rang the police.

"This is the second time I've had my windows smashed.

"The police came and searched around and then said I had to get up behind the wall and I had to take my medication with me and it turned out it was a pipe bomb.

"This was an attempt to murder me but they could have murdered my neighbours too.

"I can't understand why this happened to me, I'm only here a short time and don't know anybody except my neighbours who are very good.

"The police are saying it could be because I am a Catholic but I get on with everybody no matter what religion they are.

"The way I look at it, no matter who you are, the colour of your blood is the same.

"I love my wee flat and I don't want to leave but my family wants me to go because they will worry about me if I stay.

"The people who did this are cowards. They could have come to explain to me what their problem was but instead they came in the dark and tried to blow us up."

PSNI Superintendent Gordon McCalmont described the attack on Mr Logue as "reckless".

He said: "This was a bomb left in the heart of the local community - a reckless act at the hands of what we believe to be a loyalist paramilitary gang.

"This was a concerning attack that took the form of a brick hurled through a window, followed by a petrol bomb and then a pipe bomb.

"Thankfully, the pipe bomb didn't explode, or we could have been looking at something very different today. Our investigation is at an early stage and we will be investigating a number of lines of enquiry, including the fact this may well have been a sectarian attack.

"These people have nothing to offer society and no place in a democratic society.

"They falsely believe their agenda and their after-dark activities are welcome and wanted in a city where the majority of citizens simply want to live in peace. The community does not want to be woken from its beds and told a pipe bomb had been found near their home, a place where they are supposed to feel safe."

Earlier this week a man, who was in his girlfriend's house in nearby Rossdowney Drive, said he believes they were attacked because they are Catholics after two shots were fired into the living room.

Police in Derry have now linked both incidents to the work of loyalist paramilitaries.

Superintendent McCalmont continued: "I have the view that loyalist criminal gangs were involved in that attack too (Rossdowney Drive) and a line of enquiry we are looking at is that indeed this was also a sectarian attack which is unacceptable in our community.

Both attacks were condemned by parties across the political spectrum.

Belfast Telegraph