Man released over McGurk's Bar bomb

Published Wednesday, 30 April 2014
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A man arrested by police investigating the 1971 bombing of McGurk's Bar in north Belfast has been released unconditionally.

Man released over McGurk's Bar bomb
The scene of the bombing at McGurk''s bar. (© Pacemaker)

Fifteen people died and 17 others were injured when a bomb left on the North Queen Street bar's doorstep exploded causing the building to collapse.

The UVF were blamed for the attack.

Police arrested a 69-year-old man in Co Antrim on Wednesday and questioned him at the Serious Crime Suite at Antrim PSNI station before releasing him later that night.

The arrest follows a report by the Police Ombudsman in 2011 which prompted Chief Constable Matt Baggott to review the case to identify any possible opportunities for further investigation.

A review process which initially involved the Historical Enquiries Team, and more recently detectives in Serious Crime Branch, was carried out which has identified investigative potential.

© UTV News
Comments Comments
paul in larne wrote (274 days ago):
glad to see he was released immediately, political policing yet again
Sam1690 in Ballysillan wrote (274 days ago):
I hope they apologised tho this pensioner for the stress caused to this innocent man.
eddy withers in belfast wrote (274 days ago):
so sad
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