Lyttle expresses his outrage at those behind explosive device

East Belfast MLA Chris Lyttle has expressed his outrage at those behind a device which exploded underneath a vehicle in the area this morning.

The Alliance MLA said it was a “sickening echo of the past” after the explosion, around 7.10am today (Friday). The Woodstock Road is currently sealed off between its junctions with Omeath Street and Ravenhill Avenue. A man, believed to be a prison officer, has been taken to hospital.

“I am shocked and sickened someone has attempted to take the life of this man,” said Mr Lyttle.

“It is difficult to put into words the contempt every right-thinking member of society will have for those behind this attack. The people responsible offer nothing except death, injury and disruption.

“Those trying to return Northern Ireland to a climate of fear will not be allowed to win. My thoughts and prayers are with those injured by this device, and I would urge anyone with information about this incident to contact police immediately.”

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