Incident Summary:

02/20/2020: Assailants threw a pipe bomb at the house of Martin Finucane, a human rights activist, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. There were no reported casualties as the device failed to detonate. No group claimed responsibility for the incident.



United Kingdom

Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

Northern Ireland


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Residence of Martin Finucane
Nationality of Target Northern Ireland
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Pipe Bomb
Weapon Details
A crude pipe bomb, consisting of gas cylinders, batteries, nails, and a flammable cloth inside a glass bottle, 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
Unknown 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
"Martin Finucane: Security alert at home of murdered solicitor's brother," BBC, February 20, 2020.
"They're cowards, says MP John Finucane after failed bomb attack on uncle's home," Belfast Telegraph, February 21, 2020.
"Suspected explosive device found at Belfast home of Pat Finucane's brother; Police attend security alert after 'suspicious object' left outside property," The Guardian (London), February 20, 2020.