Incident Summary:

06/05/1999: Elizabeth O'Neill, a Protestant woman who was married to a Catholic man, was murdered when perpetrators, suspected to be from the Red Hand Defenders (RHD), threw a pipe bomb through the window of her house in the Corcrain estate in Portadown, Northern Ireland. It was believed that O'Neill was killed as she picked up the bomb in order to throw it back out of the window. Police later made five arrests, but specific details on the suspects were not provided.



United Kingdom

Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

Northern Ireland


Location Details:
Armagh (County)

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilian
Specific Description The home of Elizabeth O'Neill in Portadown
Nationality of Target Northern Ireland
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite 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) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Red Hand Defenders (RHD) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 5
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
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
"Ulster: Loyalist Bomb Kills Woman In her Home," The Sunday Telegraph (Internet version), June 6, 1999."
"UK: 5 Arrested in Ulster Bomb Probe," Press Association, June 5, 1999."
"Five Held After Fatal Ulster Bombing, Loyalist Suspected," Agence France Presse (North European Service), June 6, 1999."