Incident Summary:

12/11/2018: An explosive device was discovered and defused in Dunmurry, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. Sources noted that the device was likely intended to target police officers. The Continuity Irish Republican Army (CIRA) claimed responsibility for the attack.



United Kingdom

Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

Northern Ireland


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI)
Specific Description Personnel
Nationality of Target Northern Ireland
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
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
Continuity Irish Republican Army (CIRA) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
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
"Dunmurry security alert: Residents 'furious, angry and frustrated'," BBC, December 11, 2018.
"CIRA claims responsibility for attempt to murder police," Irish News, October 3, 2019.
"Sinn Fein express concerns about how police dealt with bomb alert," News Letter, December 12, 2018.