Incident Summary:

03/05/2019: An explosives-laden package detonated when a worker opened it at the Compass House office block of Heathrow Airport in London, England, United Kingdom. There were no reported injuries. This was one of four related incidents to occur over a two day period in England and Scotland. The New Irish Republican Army claimed responsibility for the attacks.



United Kingdom

Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Heathrow Airport area.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Airports and Aircraft
Name of Entity Heathrow Airport
Specific Description Compass House Office
Nationality of Target United Kingdom
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Letter Bomb
Weapon Details
A crude bomb in an A4 padded envelope was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
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 / 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
"Explosives found at Heathrow, Waterloo, London City Airport," BBC, March 5, 2019.
"'IRA claims responsibility' for four bombs found across UK as police fear fifth device," Daily Star Online, March 12, 2019.
"Are the Glasgow University packages linked to London explosives? Everything we know so far," Herald Scotland, March 6, 2019.