2001 Ealing bombing

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3 August 2001 Ealing bombing
Part of the Dissident Irish Republican campaign
Real IRA bomb damage in Ealing.jpg
The damage caused by the bombing
Location Ealing, London, United Kingdom
Coordinates 51°30′50″N 0°18′08″W / 51.5140°N 0.3021°W / 51.5140; -0.3021Coordinates: 51°30′50″N 0°18′08″W / 51.5140°N 0.3021°W / 51.5140; -0.3021
Date 3 August 2001
12:02 am – (UTC+1)
Target Ealing Broadway
Attack type
Car bomb
Deaths 0
Non-fatal injuries
Perpetrators Real IRA

On 3 August 2001, the Real IRA, a dissident Irish republican organisation and splinter of the Provisional IRA, detonated a car bomb containing 45 kg of explosives in Ealing Broadway, West London, England. The bomb was in a grey Saab 9000 which exploded at around midnight,[1] injuring seven people. Debris caused by the bomb spread more than 200 m (220 yd).[2] Apart from the damage caused directly by the explosion, further extensive damage to property in the adjacent Ealing Broadway shopping centre was caused by flooding arising from the water main under the car bomb being ruptured. Around £200,000 of damage was caused.[1]

Experts regarded the bomb to be designed to look spectacular on CCTV for the purposes of 'armed propaganda' rather than to cause large numbers of injuries.[3]

The bombing was the last Irish republican bombing on British soil outside Northern Ireland, of whom dissidents have waged an armed campaign since the Belfast peace agreement was signed in 1998, ending the Troubles.

Aftermath and conviction[edit]

The attack came months after the Real IRA bombed the BBC Television Centre. After Ealing, the bombers targeted a new attack on Birmingham on 3 November, but which ultimately failed. In November 2001, three men – Noel Maguire, Robert Hulme and his brother Aiden Hulme – were arrested in connection with the three bomb attacks.

They were all later convicted at the Old Bailey on 8 April 2003. Robert and Aiden Hulme were each jailed for 20 years. Noel Maguire, who the judge said played "a major part in the bombing conspiracy", was sentenced to 22 years.

Two other men, James McCormack, of County Louth, and John Hannan, of Newtownbutler, County Fermanagh, had already admitted the charge at an earlier hearing. McCormack, who played the most serious part of the five, the judge said, was jailed for twenty-two years. John Hannan, who was seventeen at the time of the incidents, was given sixteen years detention.

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