"These terrorists have no support in the community and are beneath contempt.
"At this time the thoughts of everyone go out to the soldier and his family who have been callously targeted by these lawless criminals," he said.
"I have no doubt that by their actions, the criminals are trying to send a message that they can come in to a law-abiding and peaceful part of Northern Ireland in order to peddle their own brand of evil.
"They are mistaken."
The dissident republics are small in number but in recent months they seem to be upping the level of their activity. It is a shame when many want to move forward in peace that there are still attempts to kill and maim.