Man held over 1971 Belfast pub bombing

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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