Incident Summary:

03/10/2003: An arson attack on a 22-year-old woman's home in Coleraine, Northern Ireland, forced her to jump out of a window to escape the fire. Police said that the Ulster Defence Association/Ulster Freedom Fighters was under investigation for the attack, but the UDA rejected its involvement and claims that its ceasefire had been broken.



United Kingdom

Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

Northern Ireland


Location Details:
Londonderry (County)

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Civilians in Coleraine, Northern Ireland
Nationality of Target Northern 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
Incendiary Molotov Cocktail/Petrol Bomb
Weapon Details
A firebomb 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
Ulster Freedom Fighters (UFF) (suspected) No
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
“UDA Deny Cease-Fire Broken by Firebomb Attack,” Belfast Telegraph, March 13, 2003.
Alan Erwin, “UDA Accusation Could Provoke Rogue Republicans to Attack,” Press Association, March 16, 2003.
Suzanne McGonagle, “Denial of UDA Role in Arson Scorned,” Irish News, March 14, 2003.