Ulster Unionist Assembly Member for South Belfast Michael McGimpsey has condemned those responsible for placing a car bomb in Belfast City Centre yesterday evening.
A driver was ordered to place the 130lb car bomb at the entrance of the underground car park at Victoria Square following an earlier high jacking in the city.
In a statement Mr McGimpsey said, “I utterly condemn the actions of those responsible for the car bomb left in Belfast city centre yesterday evening. The device, having been placed at one of the busiest shopping centres in Belfast had the potential to cause death and injury to those working, living and socialising in the City Centre. These criminals have no place within our society and must be tracked down and brought to justice.”
” Traders in Belfast are already struggling to cope with the effects of the recession, the introduction of bus lanes, congestion, roadworks and the aftermath of the removal of the Union Flag. This bomb and the many other security alerts across the City over recent weeks could be the last straw for many traders trying to keep trading.”
In conclusion Mr McGimpsey said, “The retail sector and the jobs it crates is crucial for the economy in Belfast and the whole of Northern Ireland. I am therefore calling on the Northern Ireland Executive to take immediate cross-departmental action to ensure support is available for local businesses and traders so as to protect jobs.”