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British police arrest man 46 years after pub bombings that killed 21

His home is being searched an he will be interviewed at a police station in Northern Ireland.

A general view of the aftermath of the bombs explosion that devastated the Mulberry Bush pub. Photo: PA Wire/dpa.
A general view of the aftermath of the bombs explosion that devastated the Mulberry Bush pub. Photo: PA Wire/dpa.

British police have arrested a man in connection with the deaths of 21 people in the 1974 pub bombings in the central English city of Birmingham.

A 65-year-old man was taken into custody by counter-terrorism police at his home in Belfast, Northern Ireland on Wednesday, police in West Midlands said.

His home is being searched an he will be interviewed at a police station in Northern Ireland.

Twenty-one people died and 220 people were injured after blasts were set off at the Mulberry Bush and Tavern in the Town pubs on November 21, 1974.

A group of Irishmen, known as the Birmingham Six, were jailed for life in 1975 over the bombings but the convictions were quashed on appeal in 1991, prompting the men to be released.

In April last year, an inquest jury found a warning call to a newspaper office, which gave incorrect locations of where the bombs were being set off, cost the police "valuable minutes" to save the lives of the victims and ultimately contributed to their deaths or injuries.

Time of The Troubles

The Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) did not claim responsibility for the bombings but they were believed to be responsible.

The blasts took place during the time of The Troubles, which were a 30-year conflict between residents in Northern Ireland, some who wished to be classed as British citizens, and others who wanted to be Irish citizens.

Last month, British Home Secretary Priti Patel said she would consider holding a public inquiry into the bombings.

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