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Friday, 26 October, 2001, 13:39 GMT 14:39 UK
Bomb attack on councillor's home
The bomb caused severe damage to the house
The bomb caused severe damage to the house
An SDLP councillor and his family have escaped injury in a pipe bomb attack in Londonderry.

Gerad Diver, his wife and four children were in their home at Sutton Gardens in the Waterside area when the device exploded shortly before midnight on Thursday.

The front door was blown in and shrapnel damage was caused to the inside of the house.

There was also damage to the ceiling and walls of the hallway of the house.

A number of four inch nails were recovered from the scene.

'Dull thud'

Mr Diver said: "I was sitting at home with my wife shortly before midnight and I heard what sounded like a dull thud at my front door.

An attack on an elected representative is particularly sinister

Brian Cowen, Irish Foreign Affairs Minister

"I got up to investigate and went into the hallway. There was a huge explosion and a lot of debris around my house.

"There was a lot of confusion and my young children were running around terrified."

He said he was just glad his wife and family were uninjured.

Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs Brian Cowen condemned the pipe bomb attack.

Gerard Diver:
Gerard Diver: "There was a huge explosion"

"All violent acts are to be deplored but an attack on an elected representative is particularly sinister," he said.

"In a week when we can at last look forward again to the new beginning promised by the Good Friday Agreement, those who carried out this attack and their like want to drag Northern Ireland back to the past.

"They will not be allowed to succeed."

BBC NI's Malachy McCourt:
"Mr Diver said he was lucky to be alive"
BBC Northern Ireland's Keiron Tourish:
"Nationalist and unionist politicians have strongly condemned the attack"
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