The Hyde Park and Regent's Park bombings were two separate attacks that took place in London on this day in 1982. The bombings were carried out by the Irish Republican Army (IRA), an Irish nationalist paramilitary group, as part of their campaign against British rule in Northern Ireland.
How did the Hyde Park bombing unfold?
In the Hyde Park bombing, a car bomb containing nails and explosives was detonated during a military ceremony held by the Household Cavalry, a unit of the British Army. The explosion killed four soldiers and seven horses and injured many others, including civilians.
What happened during the Regent's Park bombing?
The Regent's Park bombing occurred shortly after the Hyde Park bombing. A second car bomb exploded near the bandstand in Regent's Park, targeting members of the military who were attending a concert by the Royal Green Jackets band. The blast killed seven soldiers and injured many others.
Who claimed responsibility for the bombings?
The IRA claimed responsibility for the Hyde Park and Regent's Park bombings. They stated that the attacks were a response to the ongoing conflict in Northern Ireland and aimed to target military personnel.