Birmingham pub bombings: "An IRA operation that went badly wrong"

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The former head of intelligence of the IRA told a court that he did not believe the people killed in the Birmingham pub bombings had been murdered. Kieran Conway said it was an IRA operation that had gone wrong.

He said the IRA never intended to kill civilians that night and that attacks on civilian targets were not permitted by the IRA. But he said the IRA responsible had "bad luck" in not being able to find a working telephone box to warn the authorities in time about the bombings.

Our correspondent Mark Gough was in court and sent this report.