Incident Summary:

07/25/1999: The Irish Republican Army (IRA) was accused of breaking its ceasefire agreement by executing a Catholic man in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The victim was found shot in the head with his hands bound behind his back and a cloth blindfold tied around his head. Authorities claimed the attack had all the hallmarks of an IRA attack.



United Kingdom

Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

Northern Ireland


Location Details:
Belfast (Capital City)

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilian
Specific Description Catholic Man in Belfast, 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
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
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) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
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
"Belfast Execution Sparks Calls for Sinn Fein Expulsion," Birmingham Post, July 31, 1999.
"Missing Man Found Shot in Head; RUC Condemns 'Brutal and Callous Murder," Belfast News Letter, July 31, 1999.