Man nabbed over deadly 1974 UK pub bombings

A man has been arrested in Belfast with enquiries into the murders of 21 people in the 1974 pub bombings in Birmingham, Britain’s West Midlands Police said Wednesday.

In a short statement, the police force said the 65-year-old man was arrested at his home “under the Terrorism Act and a search of his home is being carried out”.

He will be interviewed under caution at a police station in Northern Ireland, said the statement.

Officers from Counter Terrorism Policing West Midlands CTU and their colleagues from the Police Service of Northern Ireland jointly made the arrest, said the police.

The Birmingham pub bombings took place on Nov. 21, 1974, when bombs exploded in two pubs in Birmingham, about 110 miles (175 km) northwest of London, killing 21 people while injuring 220 others.

Last month, following calls of families of those killed in the bombings, British Home Secretary Priti Patel agreed to look into calls for a public inquiry into the 1974 Birmingham pub bombings.