1990 Wembley bombing

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1990 Wembley bombing
Part of the Troubles
LocationWembley, London, England
Date16 May 1990
17:15 (UTC)
Attack type
Non-fatal injuries
PerpetratorProvisional Irish Republican Army

The Provisional IRA (IRA) planted a bomb underneath a minibus at an army recruiting centre in Wembley, northwest London on 16 May 1990, killing a soldier and injuring four others. The dead victim was the van's driver, 34-year-old Sergeant Charles Chapman from the Queen's Regiment, a father of two. The injured included his colleague, who got shrapnel wounds to his legs and right shoulder, and a burned face.[1] The bomb was believed to have been 2 lb of Semtex and shattered nearby windows when it exploded around 5:15 pm.[2][3] The van was an unmarked white Leyland Sherpa (registration O466 AGX) parked in an alleyway behind the office, which was checked by the two soldiers beforehand but the bomb was cleverly hidden,[4] and detonated as Chapman turned on the ignition.[5][6] The bomb could have caused more casualties had it exploded later when the van entered the busy street.[7]

Police were looking for a suspect on a motorbike, but no one was ever convicted of Chapman's murder.[8] The next day the IRA claimed responsibility in a statement from Dublin: "While the British government persists in its continued occupation of the north of Ireland, the IRA will persist in attacking the British government and its forces in England". Five days prior, the IRA bombed the Royal Army Educational Corps headquarters in Eltham which injured five civilians. The attacks were part of the start of a new bombing campaign in London.

Chapman is buried at Darlington Crematorium.[9]

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  1. ^ "The Observer from London, on June 3, 1990 · 3". Newspapers.com. Retrieved 2018-05-13.
  2. ^ Operation Banner: The British Army in Northern Ireland 1969-2007 by Nick Van der Bijl, 2009
  3. ^ "IRA warns of mainland campaign". UPI. Retrieved 2018-05-13.
  4. ^ https://www.apnews.com/110fb3fa2bbe481e9f2adc0b8f0fe516
  5. ^ Bijl, Nick Van der (2009-10-19). Operation Banner: The British Army in Northern Ireland 1969 _ 2007. Pen and Sword. ISBN 9781781599266.
  6. ^ Kevin Jon Davies (2015-02-24), Lordship Lane, London N22 (1981) + IRA Gun Car (1990), retrieved 2018-05-13
  7. ^ "Soldier killed in Wembley car bomb · British Universities Film & Video Council". bufvc.ac.uk. Retrieved 2018-05-13.
  8. ^ "Army van bombed in Wembley · British Universities Film & Video Council". bufvc.ac.uk. Retrieved 2018-05-13.
  9. ^ https://www.nivets.org.uk/ROH/certs/M0198.pdf