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On this day in 1974 the IRA bombed the Houses of Parliament in London

During the year, 1974, there was an extensive number of bombings carried out in the UK by the IRA.

Flames leap amid the smoke pouring from the House of Commons after the bomb blast in the crypt chapel.
Flames leap amid the smoke pouring from the House of Commons after the bomb blast in the crypt chapel.
Image: PA Archive/Press Association Images

TODAY IS THE 40th anniversary of the IRA bomb which exploded at the Houses of Parliament in London.

The bomb caused extensive damage and injured 11 people.

The IRA planted the 20lb device at the corner of Westminster Hall and gave a warning to the Press Association offices six minutes before the explosion.

The year, 1974, was when the IRA carried out a number of bombings in the UK. Other bombs went off at the Tower of London and on pubs in Guilford and Birmingham.

BOMB BLASTS COMMONS Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images

HOUSE OF COMMONS BOMB Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images

BOMB BLASTS COMMONS Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images

British crime - Terrorism - The IRA - London - 1974 Scene at the House of Commons as firemen fight the blaze which followed a bomb blast in the crypt chapel. Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images

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