1992 London Bridge bombing

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London Bridge station bombing
Location London, England
Date 28 February 1992
8:30 am GMT (UTC)
Target London transport system
Attack type
time bomb
Deaths 0
Non-fatal injuries
Perpetrators IrishRepublicanFlag.png Provisional IRA London ASU

On the 28 February 1992 the Provisional IRA exploded a bomb inside London Bridge station causing extensive damage and wounding 29 people. The bomb went off during morning rush hour, the IRA gave 10 minute warning.[1] A day later a device exploded at the Crown Prosecution Service in London injuring a further two people. The attacks were carried out by one of the PIRA's London Active service units who were becoming increasingly more active and frequently targeting more tube stations.[2]


Before the bomb exploded at around 8:20 am a person rang Ulster television warning that a bomb was going to explode in a London station (the caller did not say which station). About 10 minutes later the bomb detonated, which made debris fly almost 50 feet away from the blast area.[3] Twenty-nine people were hurt in the explosion, most of them from flying glass and other bits of debris; four were seriously hurt but nobody was killed.[4] The next day another bomb went off in London injuring two more people and bringing the total injured to 31 in the space of just over 24 hours.


This was one of dozens of bombs that went off in London in 1992, the biggest of which went off at the Baltic Exchange, killing three people and causing almost £1 billion worth of damage.[5] The IRA would keep this pressure up, bombing mainland Britain and especially the city of London as much as possible until the 1994 IRA ceasefire.[6][7][8] When that ceasefire broke down the IRA went back to bombing London.[9] This last action taken by the IRA was a series of hoax calls in 1997 just before they ended their campaign for good.[10]

The other Irish Republican paramilitary group the Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) also carried out attacks in England in this period of the conflict. In April 1992 they shot dead a British soldier outside a recruiting office in Derby[11] and in June 1993 they carried out a firebomb campaign on commercial premises in Leeds which caused £50,000 worth of damage.[12]

See also


  • CAIN project


  1. ^ Melaugh, Dr Martin. "Chronology of the Conflict 1992". CAIN. 
  2. ^ "Terrorist Incidents". Hansard. 4 March 1996. 
  3. ^ From Associated Press (29 February 1992). "IRA Bomb Injures 28 in Busy London Railway Station". LA Times. 
  4. ^ "Bombing in London leaves 28 injured". The New York Times. 29 February 1992. 
  5. ^ Sutton, Malcolm (10 April 1992). "Sutton Index of Deaths". CAIN. 
  6. ^ Melaugh, Dr Martin. "Chronology of the Conflict 1992". CAIN. 
  7. ^ Melaugh, Dr Martin. "CAIN: Chronology of the Conflict 1993". CAIN. 
  8. ^ Melaugh, Dr Martin. "Chronology of the Conflict 1994". CAIN. 
  9. ^ Sutton, Malcolm (9 February 1996). "CAIN: Sutton Index of Deaths". CAIN. 
  10. ^ Melaugh, Dr Martin. "Chronology of the Conflict 1997". CAIN. 
  11. ^ Sutton, Malcolm (14 April 1992). "Sutton Index of Deaths". CAIN. 
  12. ^ "Two jailed for firebomb campaign: Court told security cameras recorded". The Independent. 1993-10-06. Retrieved 2016-12-28. 

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