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MPs condemn Londonderry bomb attacks

MPs have spoken out against the recent bomb attacks in Londonderry, with Northern Ireland Secretary Owen Paterson branding them "completely incomprehensible".

Two explosions in the city centre last week forced homes and businesses to be evacuated, although no-one was injured.

Speaking during questions on 25 January 2012, SDLP MP Mark Durkan, whose constituency covers the city, told MPs the "overwhelming majority" of Derry residents condemned the "acts of civic sabotage".

Mr Paterson agreed, and said the attacks were "completely incomprehensible to any sane person".

He also paid tribute to the "incredible bravery" of the police officers who led the evacuation of elderly residents from a nearby residential home.

Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary Vernon Coaker also condemned the attacks, describing them as "reckless and futile".

No-one has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but police believe dissident republicans are to blame.

Londonderry is due to be UK City of Culture in 2013. Last year dissidents attacked the office used by the organisers of the festivities.

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