Anna Lo MLA said: “This despicable hijack took place during the evening at a time when people would have been travelling home from work or returning from shopping in the city centre. I would imagine that people were in the vicinity when this incident took place, so I would appeal to anyone who saw anything of significance to contact the police urgently.
“Those involved in this audacious attack are obviously very dangerous so I would call on people in the area to be vigilant against similar events. The perpetrators appeared to have little or no regard for the safety the woman who was subject to this ordeal.
“This must have been an extremely traumatic incident for the victim and my thoughts go out to her at this difficult time.”