Cannon Street train bombing

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Cannon Street train bombing
Part of the Troubles
LocationCity of London, United Kingdom
Date4 March 1976
08:48 (UTC)
Attack type
Non-fatal injuries
PerpetratorProvisional IRA

The Cannon Street train bombing was a bomb attack against commuter rail at Cannon Street station in the City of London, United Kingdom. A 10 lb bomb was detonated in an empty train at the terminus in the morning of Thursday 4 March 1976. The bomb wounded eight commuters in another passing train. The Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) was responsible for the blast.[1]

Minutes earlier, the train had been full of rush-hour commuters from Sevenoaks, and had the bomb exploded earlier it could have caused many more casualties and possibly fatalities.[2][3]

At the time, the IRA was targeting trains in London. On 13 February 1976, a 20 lb bomb at Oxford Circus tube station was safely defused. Eleven days after Cannon Street, a 5 lb bomb prematurely detonated in a train at West Ham station. The next day, one man was injured in a tube train blast at Wood Green tube station.[4]

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  1. ^ Jones, Ian (31 October 2016). "London: Bombed Blitzed and Blown Up: The British Capital Under Attack Since 1867". Frontline Books – via Google Books.
  2. ^ "Cannon Street Railway Station".
  3. ^ Limited, Alamy. "Stock Photo - Mar. 03, 1976 - A Bomb Blasts An Empty Train Outside Cannon Street Station: A bomb exploded on an empty train that was leaving Cannon street station in the city of London". Alamy.
  4. ^ "1976: Tube driver shot dead". 15 March 1976 – via

Coordinates: 51°30′37″N 0°05′27″W / 51.5104°N 0.0907°W / 51.5104; -0.0907