Incident Summary:

03/28/2011: On Monday, in Derry, County Derry, Northern Ireland, police located a car that had a homemade bomb inside, parked near Londonderry Courthouse. Police were able to defuse the device before it could detonate, causing no casualties or damages. The improvised explosive device contained around 110 pounds of explosives inside a beer keg. The Oglaigh na hEireann claimed responsibility for the attack.



United Kingdom

Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

Northern Ireland


Location Details:
County Derry / Londonderry. The attack took place in Derry near Londonderry Courthouse.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Derry Local Government
Specific Description Londonderry Courthouse was targeted in the attack.
Nationality of Target Northern Ireland
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Vehicle
Weapon Details
An improvised explosive device inside a car, containing around 110 pounds of explosives inside a beer keg, 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 Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Real Irish Republican Army (RIRA) Oglaigh na hEireann 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
Reuters, "Car Bomb Defused in N. Ireland, Nationalist Blamed," Reuters, March 28, 2011,
Belfast Telegraph, "Failed Bombs That Could Have Caused Carnage; Dissidents Boast of Their Attempts to Kill and Destroy," LexisNexis Academic, Belfast Telegraph, March 29, 2011.
Press Association, "Minister Hits Out at Bomb Attempt," LexisNexis Academic, Press Association, March 28, 2011.