Incident Summary:

02/04/2020: An explosive device attached to a refrigerated truck was discovered and safely defused at the Silverwood Industrial Estate in Lurgan, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. The intention was for the device to detonate on a ferry traveling between Belfast and Scotland. The Continuity Irish Republican Army (CIRA) claimed responsibility and stated that the attack was timed with Brexit Day (when the United Kingdom was scheduled to leave the European Union).



United Kingdom

Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

Northern Ireland

Near Lurgan

Location Details:
The incident occurred at the Silverwood Industrial Estate.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Unknown
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Unknown
Nationality of Target Northern Ireland
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Sticky Bomb
Weapon Details
A magnetic explosive device fitted with a timer and attached underneath a trailer 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) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Call (pre-incident))
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
"Continuity IRA admits Brexit day lorry bomb plot; Group planned to smuggle explosive device across Irish Sea on ferry bound for Scotland," The Guardian (London), February 7, 2020.
"PSNI releases images of bomb found on vehicle," RTE Online, February 7, 2020.
"IRA splinter group claims it planted Northern Ireland lorry bomb," dpa-AFX International ProFeed, February 7, 2020.