A man has been arrested in connection with the 1996 bombing in Manchester City Centre.

A man has been arrested last night at Birmingham Airport on suspicion of terrorism offenses and remains in custody where he will be interviewed by officers from Counter Terrorism Policing for the North West (CTPNW). This arrest is in connection with inquiries into the IRA bomb detonation that shook Manchester City Center in 1996.

Detective Superintendent Andrew Meeks – Head of Investigations for Counter Terrorism Policing North West 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.

“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.


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