Incident Summary:

09/28/2001: Martin O'Hagan, a Catholic journalist, was gunned down while walking down the street in Lurgan, Northern Ireland. The Red Hand Defenders (RHD) claimed responsibility for the murder in a statement to the BBC in Belfast.



United Kingdom

Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

Northern Ireland


Location Details:
Armagh (County)

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Journalists & Media
Name of Entity Sunday World Newspaper
Specific Description Martin O'Hagan, investigative journalist for the Dublin-based Sunday World newspaper
Nationality of Target Northern Ireland
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
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
Additional Information The Red Hand Defenders (RHD), a cover name used by pro-British loyalist gunmen, said in a statement to the BBC in Belfast that it had shot O'Hagan for "crimes against the loyalist people."
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Red Hand Defenders (RHD) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
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
"Protestants Assassins Top Ulster Reporter Gunned Down,” Sunday Tasmanian, September 30, 2001.
Shawn Pogatchnik, “Man Fatally Shot After Britain Tells Protestant Group to Stop Riots, Attacks on Catholics,” The Associated Press, September 29, 2001.
Northern Ireland: Journalist Killed in Drive-by Shooting,” The Irish Times, September 29, 2001.