Incident Summary:

04/12/2010: On Monday night at 0024, in Hollywood, six miles northeast of Belfast, Northern Ireland, Real Irish Republican Army (RIRA) militants detonated a vehicle borne improvised explosive device against the Palace barracks, injuring one civilian. According to reports, the bomb was placed inside of a stolen taxi, which was then left outside of the target building. This was one of two related attacks in northern Belfast between 04/11/2010 and 04/12/2010. RIRA both issued a threat prior to the blast, then claimed the attack in a phone call to the British Broadcasting Corporation.



United Kingdom

Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

Northern Ireland


Location Details:
The incident occurred at the Palace barracks and MI-5 office in Hollywood, northern Belfast.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Northern Ireland Military
Specific Description The attack targeted the Palace military barracks in northern Belfast.
Nationality of Target Northern 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
Explosives Vehicle
Weapon Details
A vehicle borne improvised explosive device was 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: Call (post-incident))
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
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
John Burns, "Northern Ireland Leaders Condemn Bombing," New York Times, April 12, 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.