Incident Summary:

02/12/2010: On Friday morning at about 0630, in Dublin, Dublin, Ireland, unknown assailants used petrol to set fire to Nirvana head shop on Capel Street. The store was destroyed and two adjoining stores were damaged but no casualties were reported. Police believe the fire was deliberately started by parents whose teenage children had consumed legal highs bought at the store. No group claimed responsibility but the Real Irish Republican Army (RIRA) was suspected.




Western Europe

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Location Details:
The attack took place on Capel Street in Dublin.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Nirvana head shop
Specific Description Nirvana head shop was targeted in the attack.
Nationality of Target Ireland
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Gasoline or Alcohol
Weapon Details
Petrol was 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) (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
National Counterterrorism Center, "Two Retail Stores Damaged in Arson by Suspected RIRA in Dublin, Dublin, Ireland," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, July 6, 2010.
John Mooney, "'Parents Razed Head Shop'," LexisNexis Academic, Sunday Times, February 14, 2010.