Incident Summary:

04/11/2010: On Sunday, Real Irish Republican Army (RIRA) militants hijacked a taxi from an unknown location in northern Belfast, Northern Ireland. According to reports the driver was held in the vehicle, which was being driven to Hollywood barracks to be used as a vehicle borne improvised explosive device. The victim was able to escape by jumping from the moving taxi before it arrived at the target location. The attack caused no property damage. This was one of two linked attacks that targeted the Hollywood barracks. The RIRA claimed responsibility.



United Kingdom

Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

Northern Ireland


Location Details:
The incident occurred at an unknown location in northern Belfast.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hijacking
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Transportation
Name of Entity
Specific Description A taxi cab was targeted in the attack.
Nationality of Target Northern Ireland
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Outcome Hostage(s) escaped (not during rescue attempt)
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Weapon Details
It is unknown if weapons were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
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 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
Belfast Telegraph, "Claim and Counter-claim Over Bomb Attack," LexisNexis Academic, Belfast Telegraph, April 14, 2010.
Irish Times, "Real IRA Admits Car Bomb Attack on North's M15 Headquarters," LexisNexis Academic, Irish Times, April 13, 2010.
Agence France Presse, "Car Bomb Explodes near MI5 N.Ireland Headquarters," LexisNexis Academic, Agence France Presse, April 12, 2010.