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Birmingham Pub bombings: Victims were unlawfully killed

A botched IRA warning contributed to or caused 21 deaths in the 1974 Birmingham pub bombings, an inquest has found.The blasts at the Mulberry Bush and Tavern in the Town pubs on the night of 21 November also injured 220 people.Inquest jurors also concluded there was no error or omission in the police response to the warning call which would have limited the loss of life.Coroner Sir Peter Thornton QC said the bombings were "etched in the history" of the city.Jurors at Birmingham Civil Justice Centre found the warning call was not adequate for the purposes of ensuring that lives were not lost in the explosions.The call from an IRA member was made to the Birmingham Post and Mail at 20:11. The first bomb detonated seven minutes later.T ...