Terrorism & Insurgency

VBIED attack in UK region of Northern Ireland illustrates continued dissident republican intent but low capability

21 January 2019


On 19 January, a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) detonated outside a courthouse in the city of Londonderry/Derry in the UK region of Northern Ireland.

No casualties were reported, and police stated that the attack did not cause “widespread damage”. Although there was no immediate claim of responsibility, police alleged that the dissident republican militant group, the New IRA, had conducted the attack. The vehicle used to detonate the device was a pizza delivery van, hijacked by two armed men before the attack. Shortly after the vehicle was parked, a warning was called into the Samaritans in the West Midlands on the UK mainland, likely to avoid inflicting unintended casualties.

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