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Man arrested at Birmingham Airport in connection with 1996 Manchester city centre bombing

A man has been arrested at Birmingham Airport in connection with the 1996 IRA bombing in Manchester city centre.

He was arrested on suspicion of terror offences on Thursday night and remains in custody, according to Counter Terrorism Policing for the North West (CTPNW).

The 3,300lb bomb caused massive damage and more than 200 injuries, but no fatalities, on 15 June that year.

Head of investigations at CTPNW Detective Superintendent Andrew Meeks said: “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.

“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.”

Police also asked anyone who had been affected by the bombing who had not been contacted by police to access the Major Incident Portal at mipp.police.uk/operation/06GMP20S33-PO1.

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