08/15/1998: A car bomb exploded in in the center of Omagh, Northern Ireland, killing 28 people and wounding 220 others. The Real Irish Republican Army (RIRA) claimed responsibility for the attack.
|Type of Attack ()
|Successful Attack? ()
Target Information ()
|Target Type: Private Citizens & Property|
|Name of Entity
||Civilians in Omagh, Northern Ireland|
|Nationality of Target
|Extent of Property Damage
||Minor (likely < $1 million)|
|Value of Property Damage
|Situation of Multi-Party Conflict?||Unknown|
|Part of Multiple Incident?||No|
|Criterion 1 ()
|Criterion 2 ()
|Criterion 3 ()
|Doubt Terrorism Proper ()
||This attack was widely regarded as the worst act of violence yet in the long-running conflict between the British-controlled province's Roman Catholic and Protestant residents. Irish media outlets reportedly received at least two warning calls about 40 minutes before the blast.|
|Number of Perpetrators
|Number of Captured Perpetrators
|Total Number of Casualties
||28 Fatalities / 220 Injured|
|Total Number of Fatalities
|Number of U.S. Fatalities
|Number of Perpetrator Fatalities
|Total Number of Injured
|Number of U.S. Injured
|Number of Perpetrators Injured
|"œNorthern Ireland Bombing Kills 29 People; Attack Called Conflicts Worst, Other Developments," Facts on File World News Digest, August 20, 1998.
|Deric Henderson, Melissa Kite and Ruth O"™Reilly, "œUlster: Adams Condemns Bombing Without any Equivocation," London Press Association, August 15, 1998.
|Shawn Pogatchnik, "œCar bomb kills 25, injures over 200 in Northern Ireland," Associated Press, August 15, 1998.