Incident Summary:

08/19/2019: An explosive device detonated targeting police and military personnel responding to reports of a suspicious device in Wattle Bridge, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. There were no reported casualties in the blast. The Continuity Irish Republican Army (CIRA) claimed responsibility for the incident; however, authorities questioned the veracity of this claim and attributed the attack to the New Irish Republican Army.



United Kingdom

Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

Northern Ireland

Wattle Bridge

Location Details:
The incident occurred at the intersection of Cavan road and Wattle Bridge road.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Armed Forces of Northern Ireland
Specific Description Bomb Disposal Soldiers
Nationality of Target Northern Ireland
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI)
Specific Description Officers
Nationality of Target Northern Ireland
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Unknown Explosive Type
Weapon Details
A roadside bomb 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
Continuity Irish Republican Army (CIRA) No
The New Irish Republican Army (suspected) 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
"Police escape injury in County Fermanagh bomb attack," BBC, August 19, 2019.
"PSNI confirm Fermanagh explosion was Continuity IRA attempt to murder police officers;  ," Belfast Telegraph, August 22, 2019.
"Continuity IRA blamed for bomb blast near police," Irish News, August 19, 2019.