Incident Summary:

11/01/2012: Assailants shot and killed a prison officer as he was driving his vehicle to work near Portadown town, Craigavon district, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. The New Irish Republican Army claimed responsibility for the incident. The officer worked at Maghaberry prison, a top-security facility, which was holding approximately 40 members of the Irish Republican Army groups.



United Kingdom

Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

Northern Ireland

Near Portadown

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Maghaberry Prison
Specific Description Officer: David Black
Nationality of Target Northern Ireland
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
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
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
The New Irish Republican Army Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Call (post-incident))
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
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
"New IRA faction claims Northern Ireland killing," Associated Press Online, November 12, 2012.
"Two released after being held in N.Ireland prison officer's murder," Reuters News, November 4, 2012.
"Clinton condemns killing of Northern Ireland prison officer," dpa International Service in English, November 3, 2012.