21 killed in blast hor­ror

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News -

TWENTY-ONE peo­ple were killed and 182 were in­jured when two bombs ripped through two Birm­ing­ham pubs on Novem­ber 21, 1974.

Six Ir­ish­men were ar­rested within hours of the IRA blasts, and in 1975 sen­tenced to life im­pris­on­ment for the bomb­ings.

The men – who be­came known as the Birm­ing­ham Six— main­tained their in­no­cence through­out.

Af­ter a lengthy cam­paign, their con­vic­tions were de­clared un­safe and quashed by the Court of Ap­peal in 1991.

The episode is seen as one of the worst mis­car­riages of jus­tice in Bri­tish le­gal his­tory.

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