Incident Summary:

08/15/1998: A car bomb exploded in in the center of Omagh, Northern Ireland, killing 29 people and wounding 220 others. The Real Irish Republican Army (RIRA) claimed responsibility for the attack.



United Kingdom

Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

Northern Ireland


Location Details:
Tyrone (County)

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Civilians in Omagh, Northern Ireland
Nationality of Target Northern Ireland
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Vehicle
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 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.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Real Irish Republican Army (RIRA) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Call (post-incident))
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 29 Fatalities / 220 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 29
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 220
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Northern 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, “Ulster: Adams Condemns Bombing Without any Equivocation,” London Press Association, August 15, 1998.
Shawn Pogatchnik, “Car bomb kills 25, injures over 200 in Northern Ireland,” Associated Press, August 15, 1998.