The Hype they call the War on Terror… We know a little more about it than most.

 Mainland UK Attacks
  • 1971 12 January: Two bombs explode at the house of government minister Robert Carr. This attack was one of 25 carried out by the Angry Brigade between August 1970 and August 1971. The Bomb Squad was established at Scotland Yard in January 1971 to target the group, and they were apprehended in August of that year.
  • 1971 31 October: A bomb explodes in the Post Office Tower in London causing extensive damage but no injuries. The “Kilburn Battalion” of the IRA claimed responsibility for the explosion.
  • 1972 22 February: The Official Irish Republican Army kills seven civilians in the Aldershot bombing.
  • 1972 19 September: The group Black September post a letter bomb to the Israeli embassy in London killing an Israeli diplomat.
  • 1973 10 September: The Provisional IRA set off bombs at London’s King’s Cross Station and Euston Station injuring 21 people.
  • 1974 4 February: Eight Soldiers and 4 civilians are killed by the Provisional IRA in the M62 Coach Bombing.
  • 1974 17 June: The Provisional IRA plant a bomb which explodes at the Houses of Parliament, causing extensive damage and injuring 11 people.
  • 1974 5 October: Guildford pub bombing by the Provisional IRA leaves 4 off duty soldiers and a civilian dead and 44 injured.
  • 1974 22 October: A bomb planted by the Provisional IRA explodes in London injuring 3 people.
  • 1974 21 November: The Birmingham pub bombings, 21 killed and 182 injured by Provisional IRA bombs.
  • 1979 30 March: Airey Neave killed when a car bomb exploded under his car as he drove out of the Palace of Westminster car park. The Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) claimed responsibility for the killing.


  • 1980 30 April: The Iranian Embassy Siege where a six-man terrorist team held the building for six days until the hostages were rescued by a raid by the SAS which was broadcast live on TV.
  • 1981 21 January: Sir Norman Stronge, 8th Baronet and his son Sir James Stronge, 9th Baronet are killed by the IRA and their home Tynan Abbey bombed.
  • 1982 20 July: The Hyde Park and Regents Park bombings in London by the IRA kill eleven members of the Household Cavalry and the Royal Green Jackets. 
  • 1982, 30 November: A group called the Animal Rights Militia sent a letter bomb to Margaret Thatcher at 10 Downing Street, the device exploded injuring one person.
  • 1983, 17 December: Harrods was bombed by the IRA. Six are killed (including three police officers) and 90 wounded during Christmas shopping at the West London department store. (See 17 December 1983 Harrods bombing)
  • 1984 12 October: Brighton hotel bombing, 5 killed and several injured in an attempt by the IRA to kill Margaret Thatcher.
  • 1987 8 November: The Remembrance Day Bombing in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. 11 killed by a IRA bomb which went off during Remembrance Sunday commemorations.
  • 1988 21 December: Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie) blown up by a bomb in a suitcase while in flight over Scotland after taking off from Heathrow. 270 were killed.
  • 1989 22 September: Deal barracks bombing: 11 Royal Marines bandsmen are killed and 22 injured when base in Deal, Kent, is bombed by the IRA.


  • 1990 May 16: Wembley IRA detonate a bomb underneath a minibus killing Sgt Charles Chapman (The Queen’s Regiment) and injuring another soldier.
  • 1990 June 1: Lichfield City railway station 1 solder is killed and 2 are injured in a shooting by the IRA
  • 1990 20 July: The IRA detonate a bomb at the London Stock Exchange causing damage to the building. Nobody was injured in the blast.
  • 1990 30 July: Ian Gow MP killed by a car bomb planted by the IRA while at his home in Sussex.
  • 1991, 7 February: The IRA launched three mortar shells into the back garden of 10 Downing Street.
  • 1991 February 18: A bomb explodes at Victoria Station. One man is killed and 38 people injured.
  • 1992 February 28:  A bomb explodes at London Bridge station injuring 29 people.
  • 1992 April 10: A large bomb explodes in St Mary Axe in the City of London. The bomb was contained in a large white truck and consisted of a fertilizer device wrapped with a detonation cord made from Semtex. It killed three people: Paul Butt, 29, Baltic Exchange employee Thomas Casey, 49, and 15-year old Danielle Carter. The bomb also caused damage to surrounding buildings, many of which were also badly damaged by the Bishopsgate bombing the following year. The bomb caused £800 million worth of damage, £200 million more than the total damaged caused by the 10,000 explosions that had occurred during the Troubles in Northern Ireland up to that point.
  • 1992 25 August: The IRA plant three fire bombs in Shrewsbury, Shropshire. Bombs were placed in Shoplatch, The Charles Darwin Centre and Shrewsbury Castle. The latter causing the most damage as the castle housed the Shropshire Regimental Museum and many priceless historical aritifacts were lost and damaged by fire and smoke. No fatalities or injuries were recorded.
  • 1992 October 12: A device explodes in the gents’ toilet of the Sussex Arms public house in Covent Garden killing one person and injuring four others.
  • 1992 16 November: IRA plants a bomb at the Canary Wharf, but is spotted by security guards. The bomb is deactivated safely.
  • 1992 3 December: The IRA exploded two bombs in central Manchester, injuring 65 people.
  • 1993, 20 March: Warrington bomb attacks. The first attack, on a gasworks, created a huge fireball but no casualties, but the second attack on Bridge Street killed two children and injured many other people. The attacks were conducted by the IRA.
  • 1993 April 24: IRA detonate a huge truck bomb in the City of London at Bishopsgate, It killed journalist Ed Henty, injured over 40 people, and causing approximately £1 billion worth of damage, including the destruction of St Ethelburga’s church, and serious damage to Liverpool St. Tube Station. Police had received a coded warning, but were still evacuating the area at the time of the explosion. The insurance payments required were so enormous, that Lloyd’s of London almost went bankrupt under the strain, and there was a crisis in the London insurance market. The area had already suffered damage from the Baltic Exchange bombing the year before.
  • 1996, 9 February 1996: The IRA bombs the South Quay station, killing two people. (see 9 February 1996 South Quay bombing)
  • 1996 15 June: The Manchester bombing when the IRA detonated a 1500 kg bomb which destroyed the Arndale shopping centre and injured 206 people.
  • 1996 February 15: A 5 lb bomb placed in a telephone box is disarmed by Police on the Charing Cross Road.
  • 1996 February 18: An improvised high explosive device detonates prematurely on a bus travelling along Aldwych in central London, killing Edward O’Brien, the IRA operative transporting the device and injuring eight others.
  • 1998, 15 August: The Omagh bombing in Northern Ireland. 29 killed and about 220 injured, by a car bomb attributed to the Real IRA.
  • 1999, 17 April, 24 April, 30 April: David Copeland set off three nail bombs in London targeting the black, Asian and gay communities respectively, killing 3 and injuring 129. Convicted of murder on 30 June 2000.

2000 to present  

  • 2001, 4 March: A car bomb explodes outside the BBC’s main news centre in London. One London Underground worker suffered deep cuts to his eye from flying glass and some damage was caused to the front of the building.
  • 2001, 6 May: The Real IRA detonate a bomb in a London postal sorting office. One person was injured.
  • 2001, 3 August: The last IRA bomb, as of August 2007, on mainland Britain explodes in Ealing, West London,injuring seven people.
  • 2005, 7 July: The 7/7 London Tube and Bus bombings conducted by four separate suicide bombers, killing 56 people and injuring 700.
  • 2007 January – February: The 2007 United Kingdom letter bombs
  • 2007, 30 June: Glasgow International Airport attack
  • 2008, 22 May: Exeter Restaurant Bombing (Muslim extremist)

Prevented, failed or aborted attacks; These are attacks which could have constituted a threat to life had they worked or been large enough. Does not include attacks that were merely at a talking stage and were not actually in operation and number several hundred.  


  • 1605, 5 November: A group of provincial Catholics attempt to kill King James I and blow up the Houses of Parliament, in what would come to be known as the Gunpowder Plot.
  • 1894, February 15: An anarchist blew himself up near the Greenwich Royal Observatory. This occurred during a series of anarchist attacks in France, culminating in the assassination of President Carnot.
  • 1985: Police found 10 grenades, seven petrol bombs and two detonators at the home of Tony Lecomber after he was injured by a nailbomb that he was carrying to the offices of the Workers’ Revolutionary Party. Convicted under the Explosive Substances Act 1883.
  • 1993, October 23: In Reading, Berkshire, an IRA bomb exploded at a signal post near the station, some hours after 5 lb (2 kg) of Semtex was found in the toilets of the station. The resulting closure of the railway line and evacuation of the station caused travel chaos for several hours, but no-one was injured.
  • 2000, 1 June: Real IRA suspected of planting a high-explosive device attached to a girder under the south side of Hammersmith Bridge which detonated at 4.30am.
  • 2005, 21 July:  London bombings, also conducted by four would-be suicide bombers on the public transport, whose bombs failed to go off.
  • 2007, 29 June: London car bombs.

 Northern Ireland Casualties

 The Dead

 Between 1969 and 2001 a total of 3523 men women and children died in Northern Ireland.

Since 1st Jan 2001 to 2005 a further 70 persons have been killed – this is still ongoing. Update: 7th March 2009, 2 soldiers shot dead, 4 others injured in Co.Antrim 

 The Injured

Blown up, Shot and critically maimed 144 500 





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  1. Ok, I’ve had some emails regarding the numbers involved over a long period does not compare to something like 911.
    So here’s my response.
    The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is a fraction of the size compared to most US states individually. It’s general population is rarely above 60m and outside of London, cities are far smaller.
    When you take look at the geographical locations of these listed attacks, you’ll find there were few cities to which attacks did not occur.
    Pro-rata, with population, the large number of locations, not to mention instances of firearm attacks on UK military bases. These figures represent a very effective set of terror campaigns used in every corner of the nation.
    The single image we carry from 911 is the twin towers collapsing. We know that they simply should not have done so, but they did. The point of most terror attacks is the permanent imagery it leaves with victims and the people watching it, none more graphic than the towers falling.
    But while national pride can be bruised by these things, no one truly has a say more than people whom directly survive them.
    Our response to such attacks can sometimes become far worse than original attack. It is at this point that for those responsible for fighting these things have to work quietly and with care to outsmart our opponents.
    I would strongly suggest that we have sadly passed being at that point.


  2. So why have you Brits not taken a greater lead? You obviously must know this subject inside and out!


  3. Because we’ve had successive weak and ‘pandering’ governments whom seem hell bent on either forgetting every lesson learned or acting like loyal parasites to the US.
    Don’t get me wrong here, the US and UK are great friends and that’s good. I certainly have nothing against the US folks I know.


  4. Nice work Si


  5. Don’t believe the hype. Its terrorism.


  6. Which would be worse? A single large-scale event (9/11) or a never-ending series of small-scale events (N. Ireland)? Which hurts more?

    I had a tooth pulled Friday afternoon, and that hurt (thank you, Mr Vic O’din!). But the five days leading up to the extraction hurt a lot, too, because the tooth was bad.

    I know that I’d rather have the one big event than the drawn-out mass of smaller events. Yes, 9/11 was worse than any other terrorist attack anywhere ever, but there hasn’t been any followup, no continuing terror like there was in the UK.

    I can’t comprehend the stress it must have put on those people living in the ‘danger zone’.

    Which was worse? One horrible day? Or 30+ bad years? Whomever sent you those e-mails saying that the casualties suffered in those years don’t ‘measure up’, well, they’re pretty much just stupid.


  7. Personally I don’t think I’ve ever felt it as stressfull- more a case of ‘this is how life is’. and just got on with it.

    Ready for the race WD?


  8. That’s true, Tony Blair did just seem to agree and follow us after playing the political game. And that new guy does not appear to do anything at all.
    I wonder what Mrs Thatcher would have done?


  9. Don’t we all… lol


  10. Carly, if Thatcher and Reagan had been in power, 9/11 might still have happened, but there’d be a big difference in results.

    Namely, Afghanistan and Iraq turned into grease smears. I’m not saying that that result is good OR bad; the resistance in both places probably would have been stomped on faster than it has been, so that’s good, but “collateral damage” would be much, MUCH higher, and that’s bad.

    But there’s no question Thatcher would have supported the US to the hilt.

    Helluva race, Simon! Writeup at The Pond later about 5 hours from the time this comment gets posted.


  11. Actually, if they had been in power I kinda doubt Iraq would even have happend.
    Afghanistan on the otherhand would have been more ‘Full On’ and pressure on Pakistan would be like the real ‘thumbscrew’ treatment.
    Funding and resources to the Intel services would have been far greater from the outset also.


  12. I know someone who was in jail with the only surviving Iranian embassy hostage taker.


  13. Collection for all the attacks in the past years.peoples must hold hands together and try to eradicate this.


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