Incident Summary:

01/00/2019: Sometime between January 1, 2019 and January 31, 2019, assailants abducted a civilian accused of stealing from a store in Creggan, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. The hostage was shot in the legs and beaten prior to being released shortly after the abduction. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to The New Irish Republican Army.



United Kingdom

Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

Northern Ireland


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilian
Nationality of Target Northern Ireland
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Melee Unknown Weapon 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 No
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
"Violence in Northern Ireland Rising Amid Political Paralysis," The New York Times, December 16, 2019.
"Brexit may ruin Northern Ireland peace," The New Zealand Herald, December 20, 2019.