An investigation is under way after a Sinn Féin councillor's car was set on fire in Derry.

Kevin Campbell's vehicle was targeted at his home at Lislane Drive in the Creggan area early this morning.

Sinn Féin Assembly member Raymond McCartney expressed his solidarity.

He tweeted: "Take no step backwards, step forward and do our best for those we represent. That's Kevin Campbell."

Police said that shortly before 2.45am it was reported that a blue Renault Modus parked in the area had been set on fire.

"Extensive damage was caused to the car as a result of the incident. Three people were seen running away from the scene.

"Police are working to establish a motive for the attack and are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone with any information which may assist the investigation to contact officers in Strand Road Police Station."

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood, a former mayor of Derry, said the attack was an attack on democracy itself.