Incident Summary:

11/25/2002: A car bomb was defused by the British army bomb disposal team in downtown Belfast, Northern Ireland, the United Kingdom, and arrested two perpetrators, one of whom was shot and injured. The car was parked outside the British vehicle tax office near the United States consulate. The Irish Republican Army (IRA) was suspected responsible for the incident.



United Kingdom

Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

Northern Ireland


Location Details:
Belfast (Capital City)

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity British Government
Specific Description British vehicle tax office in downtown Belfast
Nationality of Target Great Britain
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Weapon Details
A car bomb composed of a timer and detonator, two pipe bombs and several canisters of explosive fuel were involved in the incident.
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) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 2
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 2
"Troops Dismantle Belfast Car Bomb after Police Shoot, Arrest Suspected IRA Dissidents," BC cycle, November 25, 2002.
Maurice Fitzmaurice, "Bomb Cops Shoot Man; Victim Fights for Life After City Centre Car Chase," The Mirror, November 25, 2002.
"Catholic Man Arraigned on Charge of Planting Car Bomb in Downtown Belfast," Associated Press Worldstream, November 27, 2002.