Incident Summary:

04/15/2012: Assailants planted an explosive device underneath a civilian vehicle in Londonderry city, Derry district, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. The car belonged to the parents of a police officer, and the device was safely defused by an Army bomb squad. No group claimed responsibility for this attack; however, sources indicated that the Real Irish Republican Army (RIRA) may have been involved.



United Kingdom

Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

Northern Ireland


Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Shantallow area.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Vehicle
Nationality of Target Northern Ireland
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Pipe Bomb
Weapon Details
A pipe bomb placed under a vehicle 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
Real Irish Republican Army (RIRA) (suspected) No
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
"Bombers target N.Irish policeman's parents for second time," Reuters News, April 16, 2012.
"MAN HELD OVER OFFICER FAMILY ATTACK," Press Association National Newswire, May 21, 2012.
"Dissident republicans target policeman's elderly parents," The Irish News, April 17, 2012.