Birmingham: Suspect arrested – 46 years after the pub attacks

An anti-terrorist unit arrested a 65-year-old man in his apartment in Belfast, Northern Ireland. It is believed to be connected with the bombings of two pubs in Birmingham on November 21, 1974. 21 people were killed and more than 200 injured. The suspect should now be questioned, it said.

British Home Secretary Priti Patel had considered publicly investigating the incidents last month. Faulty investigations had initially led to the conviction of the false suspect known as the “Birmingham Six” – according to the British news agency PA “one of the greatest judicial failures in British legal history”. Only after 16 years in prison were they exonerated and released in 1991.

Although the Irish Republican Army was also believed to be (IRA) committed the attacks, she never took responsibility. The IRA, which had fought violently for decades to separate Northern Ireland from Great Britain, officially renounced violence in 2005.

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