Incident Summary:

11/12/2007: Suspected members of the Real Irish Republican Army (RIRA) shot and wounded an off-duty police officer in Dungannon, Northern Ireland.



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 Police Service of Northern Ireland
Specific Description Off-Duty Police Officer
Nationality of Target Great Britain
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
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 The Real IRA claimed that the officer survived only because a handgun did not fire. Two people were arrested in connection with the shooting, but were not thought to have been the actual perpetrators.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Call (post-incident))
Real Irish Republican Army (RIRA) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 3
Number of Captured Perpetrators 2
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Shawn Pogatchnik, "Gunshot wounds Northern Ireland police officer in 2nd shooting blamed on IRA dissidents," The Associated Press, November 12, 2007.
Dan Keenan, "Two arrested over shooting of PSNI officer," The Irish Times, November 14, 2007.
Allison Morris, "RIRA says it shot officer," Irish News, November 15, 2007.