Incident Summary:

09/17/2019: Assailants abducted Kevin Lunney, Director and COO of Quinn Industrial Holdings in Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. Lunney was beaten and discovered in a field several hours later. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the Continuity Irish Republican Army (CIRA).



United Kingdom

Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

Northern Ireland

Fermanagh district

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Quinn Industrial Holdings (QIH)
Specific Description Chief Operation Officer: Kevin Lunney
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
Melee Unknown Weapon Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) No
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources suspected the motive behind the attack may have been related to a business grievance.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Continuity Irish Republican Army (CIRA) 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
"Kevin Lunney 'bundled into boot' of car, say police," BBC, September 18, 2019.
"Crime gang with Dublin members suspected of violent attack," The Irish Times, September 25, 2019.
"Bodyguards in Business," RTE Online, September 23, 2019.