Man arrested in connection with 1996 Manchester bombing

Bomb exploded on Corporation Street in city centre

The suspect will be interviewed by counter-terrorism officers. Bloomberg
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A man has been arrested in connection with the 1996 Manchester bombing that ripped through the city centre, causing devastating damage.

He was held at Birmingham Airport on Thursday night on suspicion of terrorism offences, Greater Manchester police said.

The 1,500kg bomb caused massive damage and more than 200 injuries, but no fatalities.

“We have always been committed to holding those responsible for the attack to account and bringing them to justice and have been reinvestigating for several years; with a team of dedicated detectives re-examining the original case files and pursuing new lines of inquiry,” said head of investigations Detective Superintendent Andrew Meeks.

“Following the arrest, we have contacted individuals who were victims of this horrific attack to ensure that they're updated, as we know for many people this will bring back memories of that terrible day and we are doing all we can to support our communities and those who were affected.”

The bomb, planted by the Irish Republican Army terrorist group, exploded on the city centre's Corporation Street on Saturday June 15, 1996.

“Although thankfully no one was killed during the 1996 Manchester bombing by the IRA, hundreds of people were left with injuries — many of which were life changing — and many more across Greater Manchester and the North West were affected by what happened on that day,” he added.

“We remain determined to hold those responsible for this attack to account regardless of the time passed and would still encourage anyone who has any information that could assist our enquiries to get in touch via the Major Incident Portal.”

The man will be interviewed by officers from Counter Terrorism Policing for the North West.

Updated: September 09, 2022, 4:44 PM