Incident Summary:

11/08/2007: An off-duty Catholic police officer was shot while dropping his son off at school in Derry, Northern Ireland. No group claimed responsibility for the attack but police suspected 'dissident IRA terrorists'. The officer was wounded in the attack.



United Kingdom

Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

Northern Ireland


Location Details:
Northern Ireland

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity PSNI
Specific Description Catholic Officer in the PSNI
Nationality of Target Great Britain
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
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 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
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
George Jackson, "Catholic PSNI officer is blasted on the school run; shotgun attack in Derry is the work of 'dissident IRA terrorists'," Daily Mail, November 9, 2007.
"A bid to frighten Catholics in police," Belfast Telegraph, November 9, 2007.
David Sharrok, "Police officer shot as he takes his child to school," The Times, November 9, 2007.