Incident Summary:

04/13/2006: British army explosives experts dismantled a crude van bomb that failed to detonate after it was left overnight near the main police station after gunmen hijacked a van the previous night on the Catholic west side of Londonderry, Northern Ireland and loaded the bomb into the back of the vehicle. The Irish Republican Army is suspected in the attack, but there was no claim of responsibility issued.



United Kingdom

Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

Northern Ireland


Location Details:
Lodonderry (County)

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Police Force in Londonderry
Specific Description Police station in Londonderry
Nationality of Target Northern Ireland
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Weapon Details
Bomb was a crude van bomb put together using a detonator attached to fuel-filled cylinders
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 Police said the driver was ordered to abandon his vehicle outside Strand Road Police Station, and he did at 12:30 am. Nine residences were evacuated for several hours Thursday while army experts blew off the vehicle's doors and took apart the bomb using a remote-controlled robot. --No group of the IRA claimed responsibility, but police and politicians blamed the IRA dissidents, instigated by the fact the Pat Ramsay, the Catholic former mayor of Londonderry, has been a target of attacks due to his support of the Protestant police force.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Irish Republican Army (IRA) (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
"British army experts dismantle van bomb near N. Ireland police station," Associated Press Worldstream, April 13, 2006.
SUN WIRE SERVICES, "ULSTER BOMB DEFUSED," The Toronto Sun, April 14, 2006.