Incident Summary:

05/21/2011: On Saturday afternoon, on Shipquay Street in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) detonated an improvised explosive device inside Santander Bank. The bomb was placed in the bank and the men, who shouted they were members of the IRA, stated the bomb would go off in an hour. Police evacuated the area so when the bomb detonated there were no casualties or substantial damage.



United Kingdom

Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

Northern Ireland


Location Details:
County Derry / Londonderry. The attack took place at Santander Bank on Shipquay St. in Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Santander Bank
Specific Description Spanish owned Santander Bank was targeted in the attack.
Nationality of Target Spain
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Other Explosive Type
Weapon Details
An improvised explosive device 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
Irish Republican Army (IRA) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
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
Peter Taggart, "Small Blast Rattles Northern Ireland's Londonderry," CNN, May 21, 2011,
Ian Graham, "Bomb Rocks N.Irish Shopping Street, No Injuries," Reuters, May 21, 2011,
Ian Graham and Conor Humphries, "Explosion in N.Ireland, No Injuries Reported-Police," Reuters, May 21, 2011,