Incident Summary:

03/07/2009: On Saturday night, at a Massereene barracks, northwest of Belfast, Ireland two gunmen with automatic rifles killed two soldiers and wounded 4 more. The gunmen entered the base as pizza was being delivered to the Royal Engineers base and fired up to 40 shots in two long bursts and fired additional shots at people who were on the ground. The other person involved drove the getaway car. No damage or motive were reported and The Real IRA has claimed responsibility for the attack.



United Kingdom

Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

Northern Ireland


Location Details:
County Antrim

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity British Army
Specific Description British soldiers at the British Army base
Nationality of Target Northern Ireland
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description Pizza delivery boy
Nationality of Target Ireland
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Automatic weapons were 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
Real Irish Republican Army (RIRA) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 4 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 4
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Agence France-Presse, "Police Say N Ireland Attack Was 'Mass Murder' Attempt by 'Terrorists'," Agence Fracne-Presse, March 08, 2009.
Agence France-Presse, "Police Say N Ireland Attack Was 'Mass Murder' Attempt by 'Terrorists'," Agence Fracne-Presse, March 08, 2009.
Press TV, "N Ireland: Fear of Violence Grows,"§ionid=351020601 (March 10, 2009).