Bishop Donal McKeown, Bishop of Derry, and Bishop Ken Good, Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, have issued a joint statement condemning this morning’s attempted murder of a police offer in Derry city.
The bishops said, “We are appalled at this latest attempt to murder a PSNI officer in our city and relieved that the attack did not succeed. There can never be any justification for such a crime. It was wrong. It was evil. And it showed a callous disregard for the lives not only of the police officer targeted by the bombers but of the officer’s neighbours too.
“Today’s incident also shows a blatant disregard for the people of this city who have expressed their desire – repeatedly and overwhelmingly – for an end to violence. This attempted murder is, therefore, an attack on all of us. Our people want to move forward – together – to a better and brighter future. The bombers seem intent on taking us backwards and keeping us apart. They must not succeed.”
Concluding their statement the bishops offered their prayers and support to the officer and they urged anyone who has any information about this attempted murder to share it with the PSNI.