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Pensioner arrested over 1971 McGurk’s bar bombing

Rescuers, soldiers and civilians, digging with bare hands in the still smoking rubble of McGurk's bar in North Queen Street, Belfast, where 15 people died in a bomb blast in 1971.

Rescuers, soldiers and civilians, digging with bare hands in the still smoking rubble of McGurk's bar in North Queen Street, Belfast, where 15 people died in a bomb blast in 1971.

An elderly man has been arrested by detectives investigating a Belfast pub bombing which killed 15 people.

The attack at McGurk’s in the city in 1971 happened as the conflict began to deepen and victims’ relatives have spearheaded a long-running justice campaign.

The suspect, 75, was detained after the Police Service of Northern Ireland reopened its investigation.

The officer leading the renewed inquiry, Detective Chief Inspector Justyn Galloway, said: “Despite the passage of time, there remain a number of opportunities to make progress.

“We will do our best to develop these lines of inquiry as thoroughly and quickly as possible.

“At the same time, I would ask those individuals who know who was involved in this attack on 4 December 1971 to talk to us.

“Much has changed in the four decades since this terrible atrocity but the families of the victims and survivors continue to suffer.”

 

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