Incident Summary:

01/22/2017: Assailants opened fire on a police officer in Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. The police officer was injured in the attack. The New Irish Republican Army claimed responsibility for the incident.

GTD ID:
201701220009

When:
2017-01-22

Country:
United Kingdom

Region:
Western Europe

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Northern Ireland

City:
Belfast

Location Details:
The incident occurred along Crumlin road.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI)
Specific Description Officer
Nationality of Target Northern Ireland
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
An AK-47 assault rifle 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
The New Irish Republican Army Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"'New IRA' gun men fired ten shots from an AK-type assault rifle in their bid of murder a PSNI officer in north Belfast," IrishSun.com, January 30, 2017."
"Officer speaks publicly about gun attack," BBC, March 6, 2017."
"Gun attack clues," Evening Times (Glasgow), January 30, 2017."