1993 Camden Town bombing

1993 Camden Town bombing
Part of the Troubles
Camden High Street, London, 9 September 2005 pk1.jpg
Camden High Street in 2005
LocationCamden Town, London, United Kingdom
Date27 February 1993
12:52 (UTC)
TargetCamden High Street
Attack type
Bomb
Deaths0
Injuries
18
PerpetratorProvisional Irish Republican Army

The 1993 Camden Town bombing occurred on 27 February 1993, when a bomb exploded in Camden High Street, injuring 18 people. The Provisional IRA was responsible, planting the explosive in a litter bin and targeting people on the busiest day of the week, Saturday, after midday. One of the injured was Swedish tourist Jenny Erikson, 22.[1] The IRA gave a coded telephone warning that a bomb was planted at a Kentucky Fried Chicken fast food store in the north end of High Street, near Camden Lock Market. Police unknowingly moved people towards the bomb's path in the south end 400 yards away.[2] Scotland Yard chief Bernard Luckhurst said the misleading warnings of the bomb were "clearly designed" to kill or injure as many as it could.[3] One eyewitness described scenes of "utter chaos".[4]

Earlier the IRA sent a warning about a bomb in Oxford Street, which also had to be evacuated by police. The attack occurred a day after the Warrington bomb attacks.[5]

See also

  1. ^ King, Jon. "Camden High Street bombing remembered 25 years later". Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  2. ^ "IRA bomb blast hurts 18 in high street crowded with shoppers". 28 February 1993. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Police say misleading warnings given before bomb blast". UPI. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Terrorists misleading warning over Camden High Street bombing · British Universities Film & Video Council". bufvc.ac.uk. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  5. ^ Tuohy, William (28 February 1993). "Bomb Explodes on Busy London Shopping Street; 18 Injured". Retrieved 28 April 2018 – via LA Times.