Incident Summary:

06/13/1999: Up to 10 members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) abducted and later shot to death well-known drug dealer Paul Downey in Newry, Down county. The masked assailants took Downey from the Canal Court Hotel around 1:30 a.m. His body was later found wrapped in a blood-stained sheet along the side of a road near Belleeks village. No injuries were reported. Authorities believed the attack was motivated by Downey's failure to hand over protection money, as well as a larger campaign to garner local support by playing on the public's abhorrence of drug dealers.



United Kingdom

Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

Northern Ireland


Location Details:
Ulster (Province)

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilian
Specific Description Paul Downey
Nationality of Target Northern Ireland
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Hours of Kidnapping 15
Outcome Hostage(s) killed (not during rescue attempt)
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Rifle/Shotgun (non-automatic)
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
Irish Republican Army (IRA) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 10
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
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
"IRA Kill Drug Dealer; Body Wrapped in Bloody Sheet and Dumped on Road," The Mirror, June 15, 1999.
"Bruton Questions IRA Ceasefire After Drug Dealer Murder," Press Association, June 15, 1999.