Northern Ireland bomb attacks drop


Northern Ireland has seen a significant drop in the number of registered bombings in 2021, according to the latest security statistics.

Fewer shootings and punitive attacks were also recorded by police, but there was one more punitive shooting in 2021 than in 2020.

The latest figures compiled by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) from police records show that there were two deaths described as safety-related between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021. It’s was the same total as recorded for 2020.

Death of Mark Hall
Mark Hall was shot dead in Rodney Drive, west Belfast (PSNI / PA)

Dissident Republican Danny McClean, 54, died after being shot in the Cliftonville Road area, north of Belfast, in February.

In December, Mark Hall, 31, died after being shot in the Rodney Drive area, west of Belfast.

Security-related deaths are described in the figures as those considered at the time of the incident to be directly attributed to terrorism, where the cause has a direct or immediate link with subversive acts /sectarian conflicts or when the death is attributable to the activity of the security forces.

Five bombings were recorded in the last 12 months, compared to 22 the previous year,

Three of them were registered in the Causeway Coast and Glens area, while two were registered in Belfast.

The capital experienced the largest drop in the number of bombings in 2021, compared to eight in 2020.

There were 27 shootings in Northern Ireland in 2021, up from 39 in 2020.

However, there was a more mixed picture in terms of so-called punitive attacks, inflicted by members of paramilitary organizations.

Some 37 victims of paramilitary-style assaults were recorded in 2021, compared to 44 in 2020.

There were also 14 victims of paramilitary-style shootings in 2021, up from 13 in 2020.

At the same time, 130 people were arrested under Article 41 of the Terrorism Law in 2021, up from 79 in 2020.

Among them, 22 were subsequently indicted, up from 14 during the p12 previous months.