Published Wednesday, 23 October 2013
The device was thrown at two neighbourhood police officers sitting in a parked patrol car in the Charlotte Street area of the city at around 10.20pm on Tuesday.
The pipe bomb missed the vehicle and did not detonate, however, police said it was a viable device.
Army bomb squad officers were tasked to the scene and a number of homes evacuated during the operation.
The area remained cordoned-off for most of Wednesday morning, while forensic examinations took place.
All roads have since been re-opened.
Chief Inspector Jon Burrows said the attack was an attempt to kill police officers. He believes dissident republicans were behind it.
He said: "This could have caused death or serious injury.
"Clearly they wanted to kill police officers, but they do not care who else gets injured or caught up in the chaos and disruption this caused to families and people going about their normal business."
SDLP Foyle MLA Pat Ramsey told UTV the attack took place in a "highly populated area".
Derry was just in the news last night for the right things with the Turner Prize and it was all good publicity for the city. Now we have a handful of people trying to undo that work.
Pat Ramsey, SDLP
He said: "Quite a number of people were evacuated.
"A lot of older people live in the area and it is quite distressing for them.
"It is an indiscriminate attack and any number of people could have been caught up in this, it is reckless."
"They try to target the police and want to kill officers, but the victims end up being the older people and the families who have to leave their homes in the middle of the night.
"We thought these days were gone, but there remains a small number of small-minded dissident republicans who need to catch themselves on and call it a day."
Ulster Unionist Policing Board member Ross Hussey also condemned the attack.
"Quite clearly the people responsible have no thought for the local community, especially elderly people and young families in the Charlotte street area," the west Tyrone MLA said.
"I know that the vast majority of people in Londonderry, in common with the vast majority in the rest of Northern Ireland, want nothing to do with attacks on the Police or any form of illegal or criminal activity.
"They want to bring up their families and live their lives in peace with their neighbours. They are concerned about creating jobs, the provision of housing, improving our health service and repairing the damage done to our education system."
He appealed for anyone with information on the attack to come forward.
© UTV News