Tom Campbell said: “I am absolutely sickened by the thugs who plant such devices.
“Those involved showed blatant disregard for the safety of local people.
“This disgusting act further harms local business by further stigmatising Northern Ireland as a place where business is not welcome.
“We are trying to build a stable society and a strong economy. Such incidents have absolutely no place in our society.
“I have the utmost praise for the courage shown by the authorities who swiftly defused this pipebomb.
“I appeal to anyone who has information about this matter to contact police immediately.”