Belfast Telegraph
1 March 2012

A man has been arrested in connection with a deadly bar bomb attack in Belfast 37 years ago.

The blast at the Mountainview Tavern on the Shankill Road in April 1975 killed five people and injured 60 others.

The 54-year-old suspect was arrested by detectives from the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s Serious Crime Branch in Co Antrim.

The investigation into the attack was reopened after a review by the police’s Historical Enquiries Team (HET).

The bar was packed with people waiting to watch the Grand National horse race when the attack happened on Saturday April 5.

Two youths walked in and one opened fire with a handgun before they left the bomb at the door. It exploded moments later, killing four people instantly. One died later in hospital.

The bar was known to be frequented by members of the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF).

While a telephone caller claimed a rival loyalist group was responsible, police blamed the IRA.

The getaway car used in the attack was found abandoned in the nationalist Springfield area.

The arrested man is being questioned in the police’s Serious Crime Suite in Antrim town.