Incident Summary:

08/10/2000: A massive explosion was averted when a van containing 500 lbs worth of explosives crashed into a checkpoint in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. The attack, which failed, was aimed at a Protestant march taking place the next day. The Irish Republican Army (IRA) is believed to have been behind the foiled bombing.



United Kingdom

Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

Northern Ireland


Location Details:
Londonderry (County)

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Protestant Civilians
Specific Description Protestant march in 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
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Weapon Details
Two milk churns containing 500lb of homemade explosives were found in the crashed van.
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 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
"Parade bomb plot; 500lb device found in van 'targeted at loyalist march'," Daily Mail, August 12, 2000.
"Army defuses 500lb bomb after RUC car chase to Border," The Irish Times, August 12, 2000.
Deric Henderson, "Police Thwart Derry City Center Bombing," London Press Association, August 11, 2000.