Incident Summary:

05/02/2005: Suspected Irish Republican Army members planted a pipe bomb at Gideon's Green, Newtownabbey in Belfast that was discovered along the route of the Belfast Marathon. It was disabled before it could harm anyone, including the target of the attack, Chief Constable Hugh Orde. An unidentified perpetrator called in a warning about the bomb indicating that Hugh Orde was the intended target of the attack.



United Kingdom

Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

Northern Ireland

Near Whitehouse

Location Details:
Ulster (Province)

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Northern Ireland Police
Specific Description Chief Constable Hugh Orde
Nationality of Target Northern Ireland
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Participants in the Belfast Marathon
Nationality of Target Multinational
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
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
Additional Information An anonymous man called a journalist about the attack but he did not give the name of the group. Authorities believed from the information given it was the work of dissident republicans. The Belfast Marathon's course was altered when authorities discovered the bomb.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Irish Republican Army (IRA) (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Call (pre-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
Debra Douglass and Andrea Clements, “Orde 'Was Target of Bombers',” Belfast Telegraph, May 03, 2005.
Cameron Simpson, “Terrorists Try to Blow up Police Chief as he Runs in Belfast Marathon,” The Herald, May 03, 2005.
“Marathon Bombers in Threat to Kill Police Chief,” Irish Independent, May 03, 2005.