Incident Summary:

01/23/2011: On Sunday, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, two police officers responded to a call at a local video rental store. Just outside of the store members of the Oglaigh na hEireann had planted a remote-controlled improvised explosive device (RCIED), which they were planning to detonate when the officers arrived on the scene. The group decided not to detonate the RCIED after a local citizen approached the officers and left the area, leaving both the RCIED and a secondary tripwire attached to an Irish army grenade on a bike, in place. Officers discovered the RCIED at an unknown time on 01/26/2011. The secondary IED was not discovered until 01/27/2011. The Oglaigh na hEireann claimed responsibility for the devices in a communication on 01/25/2011. No casualties or damages were reported.



United Kingdom

Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

Northern Ireland


Location Details:
County Antrim/County Down. The attack took place in Belfast.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity
Specific Description A local video rental store was targeted.
Nationality of Target Northern Ireland
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Belfast Law Enforcement
Specific Description Belfast law enforcement personnel
Nationality of Target Northern Ireland
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Remote Trigger
Weapon Details
A remote-controlled improvised explosive device and a secondary tripwire attached to an Irish army grenade 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: Call (post-incident))
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, "Belfast Daily Told Details of N Ireland Dissident Group's 'Double-Ambush' Plan," World News Connection, Belfast Telegraph, January 31, 2011.
Irish Times, "Bomb Left on Bike in Belfast," Irish Times, February 8, 2011,
BBC Worldwide Monitoring, "Police Confirm Second Bomb Found in North Belfast Alert," BBC Worldwide Monitoring, January 27, 2011,