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Terrorist Activity

Volume 405: debated on Tuesday 20 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) shootings and (b) bombings there were; and how many devices were defused in Northern Ireland in the five years (i) prior to and (ii) following April 1998. [112612]

Security Situation Statistics

Number of shooting incidents

Total incidents

1993–94426
1994–95272
1995–9665
1996–97140
1997–98245
1 April 1998 to 9 April 19987
Total (prior to Belfast Agreement)1,155
10 April 1998 to 31 March 1999180
1999–2000131
2000–01331
2001–02358
2002–03348
Total (following Belfast Agreement)1,348

Note:

The following types of incidents are included:

Shots fired by terrorists; Shots fired by the security forces; Paramilitary-style attacks involving shootings; Shots heard (and later confirmed); Other violent incidents where shots are fired (e.g. armed robbery)

Number of bombing incidents

Bombing incidents

Devices defused

1993–94278106
1994–9513267
1995–96
1996–975039
1997–987345
1 April 1998 to 9 April 199811
TOTAL (prior to Belfast Agreement)534258
10 April 1998 to 31 March 1999122121
1999–20006662
2000–01177115
2001–02318182
2002–0317881
TOTAL (following Belfast Agreement)861561

Notes:

Bombing incidents: An individual bombing incident may involve one or more explosive devices. Incidents involving hoax devices, petrol bombings or incendiaries are excluded. During 2001–02 there was an increase in the use of pipe bombs by loyalists.

2002–03 Statistics are provisional and may be subject to minor amendment.