On this day in 1988, a number of incendiary devices were set off across the UK in an attack on large department stores.
The attacks and subsequent fires caused damage to Dingles in Plymouth, Howell’s in Cardiff, Rackham’s in Birmingham as well as Selfridges and Harrod’s in London.
A newspaper in Manchester would receive a call claiming responsibility for all of the attacks, naming themselves as members of the ‘Animal Liberation Front’.
Two bombs outside Rackham’s and House of Fraiser were diffused before they could cause any damage.
No injuries were sustained during the night-time explosions, but all of the stores in question (with the exception of Selfridges) belonged to the Al-Fayed brothers.
- AP Report of Events (APNewsArchive.com)