Incident Summary:

05/03/1998: Suspected Irish Republican Army (IRA) militants fired two Mark 6 mortars at the Grosvenor Road Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) station in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The mortars, however, did not detonate and no injuries or damage were reported. The discovery of the mortars disrupted the Belfast Marathon, which was to be held the day after this incident.



United Kingdom

Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

Northern Ireland


Location Details:
Belfast (Capital City)

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Royal Ulster Constabulary
Specific Description Grosvenor Road Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) station in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Nationality of Target Northern Ireland
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Weapon Details
The mortars did not detonate.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Police sources confirmed that the Mark 6 mortars were of the type previously used by the IRA.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Irish Republican Army (IRA) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Melissa Kite and Ian Graham, “Belfast Marathon Runners Compete Despite Mortar Threat,” London Press Association, May 4, 1998.
Melissa Kite, “Mortar Attack Threatens Belfast Marathon,” London Press Association, May 4, 1998.