Northern Ireland Office
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, the Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP said:
I utterly condemn this vicious attack on a prison officer in East Belfast.
Like all his colleagues in the prison service, this officer serves the whole of the community, in stark contrast to the people who carried out this appalling and violent crime.
I strongly urge anyone with information about this murder attempt to contact the police to help bring those responsible to justice.