Incident Summary:

03/17/2017: An explosive device detonated at a civilian residence along Ballaghmore Court in Bushmills, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. There were no reported casualties in the blast. This was one of two related bombings that took place in Bushmills on the same day. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attacks to the Ulster Freedom Fighters (UFF).



United Kingdom

Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

Northern Ireland


Location Details:
The incident occurred along Ballaghmore Court.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description House
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 Pipe Bomb
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
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. The attack may have been the result of fighting within a group.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Ulster Freedom Fighters (UFF) 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
"Pipe bombs explode at two homes in Bushmills," BBC, March 17, 2017.
"Loyalist link to Bushmills pipe bomb attacks," The Irish News, March 18, 2017.
"Two pipe bombs explode at homes in Bushmills," Belfast Telegraph, March 17, 2017.