1979: Assassination of Northern Ireland Shadow Secretary Airey Neave

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Northern Ireland Shadow Secretary Airey Neave is killed by a car bomb as he leaves the House of Commons car park.  The well planned operation was carried out by the INLA, (Irish National Liberation Army) who attached a bomb by magnet to the car and started the timer by a wrist watch.  A tilt switch activated the bomb when the car started.

Neave had an adventurous life including being the first British officer to escape from Colditz prison.  He was an ardent supporter of Margaret Thatcher.  Some observers speculate that the Iron Lady’s hard line views and policy re Northern Ireland were shaped by the assassination of her close adviser.

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