Incident Summary:

05/12/1998: Bomb disposal experts defused a 40 lb bomb in Belfast, Northern Ireland, following a claim by the Irish National Liberation Army that it had abandoned a land mine along Whiterock Road.



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: Transportation
Name of Entity Road Infrastructure of Western Belfast
Specific Description Whiterock Road in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Nationality of Target Northern Ireland
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Land Mine
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 The device was defused after a 24-hour security operation following an INLA claim that it had abandoned a landmine in Whiterock Road. The road was sealed off and a number of people were evacuated from their homes while the device was defused.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
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
Ian, Graham, “Army Experts Deactivate Bomb in West Belfast,” London Press Association, May 12, 1998.
“Bomb Alert for Belfast,” Evening News (Edinburgh), May 12, 1998.
Ian, Graham, “Army Defuses Belfast Bomb,” Press Association, May 12, 1998.