Incident Summary:

08/01/2002: The Real Irish Republican Army (RIRA), the dissident group of IRA, killed a civilian with a booby-trap bomb at a Territorial Army medical base near Londonderry.



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) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Territorial Army Base in East Londonderry
Specific Description Employee, David Caldwell
Nationality of Target Great Britain
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 lunchbox containing explosives, 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
Additional Information The civilian David Caldwell was working at a Territorial Army medical base. The bomb was hidden in a lunchbox.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Real Irish Republican Army (RIRA) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
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
"Father is first victim of Real Irish Republican Army (RIRA) since Omagh,” Daily Mail (London), August 2, 2002.
“Booby-trap victim 'is killed by Real Irish Republican Army (RIRA)',” The Daily Telegraph (London), August 2, 2002.
“Protestant dies in booby-trap bombing,” Chicago Tribune, August 2, 2002.