First Minister Rt Hon Peter D Robinson MLA and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MP MLA have condemned this afternoon's murder of a policeman as cowardly and evil.
Mr Robinson said: "The murder of a young catholic policeman newly recruited to the PSNI is shocking and deplorable. To plant a bomb under the car of a defenceless policeman is the type of cowardly act of murder that we had hoped we had seen the last of. This attack is intended to deter young catholics from joining the police and I urge them not to be deterred by those who have nothing to offer our society.
"Those who perpetrated this act hoped to destabilise our community in the run up to the local elections in May. I would like to take this opportunity to send them a very clear message; the devolved institutions in Northern Ireland are stronger today than they have been at any other time in our history. The people of Northern Ireland have rejected violence and this act will not further the cause of dissidents one iota.
"I would like to offer the officer's family and loved ones my deepest condolences, my thoughts and prayers are with them all."
Mr McGuinness: "My thoughts and prayers are foremost with the family, friends and colleagues of this young police officer.
"In joining the PSNI this young man sought to protect and serve the community; to be part of defining a better future for us all.
"Whoever carried out this act offer nothing to the community and have no role to play in our future. They have betrayed the community and set themselves against the will of the people of Ireland. No cause is served by this act and let no excuse be acknowledged."
"While those behind this act seek to promote division and conflict let us state clearly, they will fail. The process of peace building will continue and the community is united in rejection of them."