Incident Summary:

03/13/2017: Assailants opened fire on the vehicle of George Gilmore in Woodburn neighborhood, Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. Gilmore, a former Ulster Defence Association (UDA) chief, was killed in the assault. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attack to the South East Antrim Brigade.

GTD ID:
201703130043

When:
2017-03-13

Country:
United Kingdom

Region:
Western Europe

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Northern Ireland

City:
Carrickfergus

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Woodburn area of the city.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Ulster Defence Association (UDA)
Specific Description Vehicle of Former Chief: George Gilmore
Nationality of Target Northern Ireland
Additional Information
Hostages 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) No
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Intra/Inter-group Conflict
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources noted that the victim was engaged in a year-long feud with the group at the time of the attack.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
South East Antrim Brigade No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 2
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
Sources
"Attacks by paramilitaries reach eight-year high," News Letter, December 28, 2017."