Nov. 18 (UPI) — British counter-terrorism officers arrested a 65-year-old man Wednesday in reference to the 1974 IRA-linked bombing of a Birmingham pub that killed 21 folks.
The arrest follows a West Midlands police investigation with counter-terrorism police and detectives from Northern Eire. The case nonetheless touches a nerve within the nation after convictions of six suspects within the bombing have been overturned on attraction in 1991.
Midland Police mentioned the suspect was arrested at his residence in Belfast.
“The person was arrested below the Terrorism Act and a search of his house is being carried out,” Midland police mentioned in an announcement. “He can be interviewed below warning at a police station in Northern Eire.”
An investigation final 12 months mentioned an IRA warning name, which was a part of the militant group’s protocol on the time, was not made to a cellphone field meant to warn pub patrons as a result of it was vandalized and did not work.
Households of the bombing victims and their supporters had been urgent Residence Secretary Priti Patel to open a brand new investigation into the bombing after West Midlands Mayor Andy Avenue made a difficulty of the unsolved incident months earlier.
Together with the 21 deaths, 182 folks have been injured within the explosion.
“I could not converse,” Julie Hambelton, whose 18-year-old sister was killed within the bombing, mentioned on studying concerning the arrest. “I used to be simply inconsolable and was simply wanting on the image of Maxine. It is welcome information. It is overwhelming information. It is tangible progress.”