Incident Summary:

9/24/2000: A 50 pound bomb with a homemade explosive partially detonated on the railway tracks on Belfast-Dublin railway line in Dunmurry, outside of Belfast, Northern Ireland. Sources received a call from individuals claiming to be from the Irish Republican Army (IRA) warning them about the bomb, resulting in a 36 hour security alert. Authorities discovered the partially exploded bomb in a metal case close to the Blacks Road railway bridge.



United Kingdom

Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

Northern Ireland


Location Details:
County Antrim. Blacks Road railway bridge on the Belfast-Dublin railway line in Dunmurry, outside of Belfast

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Transportation
Name of Entity Northern Ireland railway
Specific Description The Belfast-Dublin railway line
Nationality of Target Northern Ireland
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Unknown Explosive Type
Weapon Details
A 50 pound bomb with a homemade explosive
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) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Call (pre-incident))
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
"Children unhurt as shots fired at bus in N.Ireland," Reuters, September 25, 2000.
Christopher Walker, "Belfast rail blast blamed on IRA dissidents," The Times, September 27, 2000.
Mary Minihan, "Dissidents are linked to railway line bombing," The Irish Times, September 27, 2000.