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07/02/1991 IRA attack on Downing Street

The Downing Street mortar attack was carried out by the Provisional Irish Republican Army. The IRA launched homemade mortar shells at 10 Downing Street, London, the official residence of the Prime Minister of the UK. It was an attempt to assassinate Prime Minister John Major and his War Cabinet, who were meeting to discuss the Gulf War. One of the heavy mortar shells exploded in the back garden of number 10, only yards from the cabinet office.

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