Incident Summary:

03/06/1972: A bomb planted in a van in the center of Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom detonated, injuring 56 people. The explosives were in a car parked near ABC Cinema. Approximately 30 minutes before the bomb exploded, authorities evacuated and searched the area in response to a telephone warning. Police did not find the explosives, which they suggested were driven to the site in the van following the search. The explosion damaged eight cars and shattered windows up to 300 yards away. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.



United Kingdom

Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

Northern Ireland


Location Details:
County Antrim

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not applicable
Specific Description Belfast city center
Nationality of Target Northern Ireland
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Weapon Details
Explosives in a van
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 56 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 56
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Bomb Near Belfast Theater Injures 25," Chicago Tribune, March 7, 1972"
"56 Injured as bomb explodes in Belfast Car Park," The Glasgow Herald, March 7, 1972."