Incident Summary:

06/07/1999: A pipe bomb was discovered outside St. Mary's Catholic primary school in Ballymena, Antrim county, Northern Ireland. The school was evacuated while the bomb was safely deactivated. No casualties were suffered in this incident. The Red Hand Defenders (RHD) were suspected in this attack.



United Kingdom

Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

Northern Ireland


Location Details:
County Antrim

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Educational Institution
Name of Entity St. Mary's Catholic Primary School
Specific Description St. Mary's Catholic Primary School in Ballymena
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) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Red Hand Defenders (RHD) (suspected) No
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
"Bombers in Attack on Catholic School," Belfast News Letter (Northern Ireland), June 8, 1999."
"Loyalists Try to Bomb Catholic Primary," The Scotsman, June 9, 1999."