A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of involvement in the 1996 IRA bombing of Manchester.
He was being held at Birmingham Airport Thursday night on suspicion of terrorist offences.
The suspect is interrogated by anti-terror police officers.
Hundreds were injured when the IRA drove a lorry loaded with 1,500kg of explosives into Manchester city center and detonated it on Corporation Street.
More than 80,000 people were evacuated after a warning call with a recognized code word.
Miraculously, no one died in the attack on June 15 – the day England played Scotland for €96.
It was the largest bomb dropped on mainland Britain since World War II.
No one has ever been charged with it.
Det Supt Andrew Meeks, Chief Investigator for Counter Terrorism Policing North West, said: “Hundreds of people were injured – many life-changing – many more were affected by the day’s events.
“We have always worked to hold those responsible for the attack accountable and bring them to justice.
“We have been re-investigating for several years, with a team of dedicated investigators re-examining the original case files and pursuing new lines of investigation.
“Following the arrest, we contacted the victims of this horrific attack to ensure they were kept informed.”
Police conducted an evidence review following the 25th anniversary of the attack last summer, which they say opened up “new, albeit limited, investigative opportunities”.
The IRA had previously attacked Manchester in December 1992 when two devices injured 64 people.
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