Incident Summary:

03/04/2016: An explosive device planted under the vehicle of Adrian Ismay detonated in Hillsborough Drive area, Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. Ismay, a prison officer, was wounded in the blast and succumbed to his injuries on March 15, 2016. The New Irish Republican Army claimed responsibility for the attack.



United Kingdom

Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

Northern Ireland


Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Hillsborough Drive area.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Northern Ireland Prison Service
Specific Description Vehicle of Officer: Adrian Ismay
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
Explosives Unknown Explosive 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: E-mail)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
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
"London - Easter terror warning in N.Ireland after bomb attack," AFP (North European Service), March 4, 2016.
"Murder probe after prison officer dies of bombing injuries," Irish Independent, March 17, 2016.
"The prison officer targeted in Belfast bomb attack has died,", March 15, 2016.