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The Brighton Hotel Bombing

Margaret Thatcher survived a bomb attack on the hotel where she was staying, The Grand Hotel. It took place in October 1984 and was the work of the Irish Republican Army (IRA).

In October 1984, Margaret Thatcher survived a bomb attack on the hotel where she was staying.

Five people were killed and more than 30 others injured in the explosion, which was carried out by the Irish Republican Army (IRA).

We hear from a government official in the hotel at the time.

Photo: The Grand Hotel in Brighton after the IRA bombing (John Minihan/Express/Getty Images)

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