Incident Summary:

06/01/2019: An explosive device planted under the vehicle of a senior police officer was discovered and safely defused at the Shandon Park Golf Club in Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. The New Irish Republican Army claimed responsibility for the attack. Sources suspect the officer was targeted due to his position as a junior football referee.



United Kingdom

Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

Northern Ireland

Near Belfast

Location Details:
The incident occurred at Shandon Park.

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 Vehicle of Senior Police Officer
Nationality of Target Northern Ireland
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Sticky Bomb
Weapon Details
An explosive device containing 1.5 pounds of TNT and a motion-activated mercury tilt switch and attached underneath a car was used in the attack.
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 Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
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
"Officer targeted after New IRA heard he was football ref," Belfast Telegraph, June 10, 2019.
"New IRA explanation of why car bomb failed to explode is waffle, says ex-senior officer," Belfast Telegraph, June 8, 2019.
"Murder attempt on police officer claimed by New IRA'," News Letter, June 7, 2019.