Belfast Man Arrested for 1974 Birmingham Bombings

Police have arrested a man in Belfast in connection to the 1974 Birmingham bombings which took 21 lives and wounded 200 people.

On Wednesday, November 18, the West Midlands Police announced that the suspect had been arrested. They said that ‘Officers from Counter Terrorism Policing West Midlands, working with colleagues from the Police Service of Northern Ireland, arrested a 65-year-old man at his home in Belfast today’.

The man is being questioned under caution by investigators and has been arrested under the Terrorism Act. On the 21st of November 1974, two bombs were detonated in pubs planted by the IRA in Birmingham city centre. An anonymous man made a telephone call to the Birmingham Post and Mail shortly before the lethal explosions.

Six Irish men, known as the Birmingham Six, served 16 years in prison for the attack until their convictions were overturned in 1991.

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