The bombing of the Droppin’ Well bar in Ballykelly was described by British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher as “One of the most horrific crimes in Ulster’s tragic history”. Eleven soldiers and six civilians were killed when a bomb exploded during a disco in the pub.

The attack was carried out by the Irish National Liberation Army (INLA), a republican paramilitary group. They were targeting soldiers stationed at the nearby Shackleton barracks in County Londonderry.