The worst terrorist attacks on British soil remain the transit bombings on July 7, 2005, in which 52 died and 770 were injured, and the biggest threat still emanates from violent Jihad. But for those who lived through the 30-year bombing campaign waged by the Provisional IRA (PIRA) in Northern Ireland and the UK ‘mainland’, bombings were at times commonplace. As they occurred mainly in the pre-Internet, pre-24-hour TV news era, they received nothing like the instant, ubiquitous publicity that would obtain today.
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