Incident Summary:

02/24/1999: The Red Hand Defenders threw a pipe bomb at a Catholic family's household in the Ardoyne district of North Belfast, Northern Ireland. Twenty households were subsequently evacuated by police as experts dismantled the explosive device. No one was injured in the attack and there was no property damage.



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: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Catholic family's household in Ardoyne, Northern Ireland
Nationality of Target Northern Ireland
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Time Fuse
Weapon Details
The explosive was a time/pipe bomb
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Red Hand Defenders (RHD) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
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
Suzanne Breen, “Loyalists admit bomb attack,” The Irish Times, February 25, 1999.
"Terrorists Bomb Kids,” The Mirror, February 25, 1999.
Melissa Kite, “Ulster Loyalist Renegades Blamed for Bomb Attack,” Press Association, February 24, 1999.