Incident Summary:

07/17/2002: Two police officers were badly shaken by a bomb attack on their vehicle in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland. The Real Irish Republican Army (RIRA)claimed responsibility.



United Kingdom

Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

Northern Ireland


Location Details:
Down (County)

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Irish Police
Specific Description Police Officers in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland
Nationality of Target 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 Unknown Explosive Type
Weapon Details
An improvised explosive device was used.
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 Authorities suspected that dissident republicans were responsible. The bombing occurred hours after the IRA issued a significant apology for previous incidents.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Real Irish Republican Army (RIRA) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Call (post-incident))
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Wallace, Ashleigh and Thami Ngidi, "Dissidents 'Behind Bomb Attack on Police Vehicle," Belfast Telegraph, July 17, 2002.
"N Ireland: Real Irish Republican Army (RIRA)Claims Responsibility for Bomb Attack After IRA Apology," The Times, July 18, 2002.