Incident Summary:

06/07/2002: Operatives with the Real Irish Republican Army (RIRA) unsuccessfully detonated a bomb under the car of a Catholic police recruit in the town of Ballymena in Northern Ireland.



United Kingdom

Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

Northern Ireland


Location Details:
County Antrim

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Irish Law Enforcement
Specific Description Catholic Policeman in Ballymena
Nationality of Target Northern Ireland
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Other Explosive Type
Weapon Details
A booby trapped explosive device consisting of a detonator, half a pound of commercial explosives, magnets, and electrical components, hidden inside of a lunchbox and placed under a vehicle, was used in the attack
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
Real Irish Republican Army (RIRA) Unknown
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
Henry McDonald, “IRA Rebels Attempt to Bomb Catholic Police Recruit,” The Observer, June 9, 2002.
“IRA Accused of Attack on Cop,” The People, June 9, 2002.
Dan McGinn, “Car bomb bid to kill Catholic policeman,” The Journal, June 8, 2002.