Incident Summary:

02/09/2003: During the night local time, a bomb was thrown at the Mountpottinger police station in Short Strand, Belfast. However, the bomb fell short of the station and landed in an alley behind nearby Madrid Street, and an elderly man picked up the device and carried it home, where it detonated. The man escaped injury, however. A member of the Real IRA, confirming himself with a recognized password, claimed responsibility for the attacks on behalf to the Real Irish Republican Army (RIRA)in a call to the Irish News. The Real Irish Republican Army (RIRA)stated the motive and objective of the attack was against the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), and "will continue as long as they are administering British rule in Ireland."



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: Police
Name of Entity Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI)
Specific Description PSNI Mountpottinger police station, Belfast
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 Pipe Bomb
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) 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 / 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
Barry McCaffrey, "Real Irish Republican Army (RIRA) Responsible for Attack on Police," The Irish News (Internet Version-WWW), February 11, 2003.
Paul Dykes, "Pipe bomb attack is linked to feud," Belfast Telegraph, February 10, 2003.