Death of Kenneth Salvesen

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Kenneth Salvesen (1955 – 17 December 1983) was an American victim of an IRA bombing.

Harrods bombing

Salvesen was a twenty-eight-year-old business consultant from Chicago. He was one of six people killed by the IRA Harrods bombing in London, December 1983. Ninety people were injured. Among the latter group was "[A] Severely injured ... Irish American, Mark McDonald from Michigan. He was later visited by Prince Charles and Lady Diana in hospital."[1]

Claims of Peter King

In 2011, Salvesen's death was the source of controversy over remarks by New York Congressman Peter T. King, a supporter of the IRA and Sinn Féin. Congressman King claimed that "the difference between the IRA and Al Qaeda is that the IRA never killed Americans."[1]

The Denver Post reminded its readers of King's previous statements "We must pledge ourselves to support those brave men and women who this very moment are carrying forth the struggle against British imperialism in the streets of Belfast and Derry", while three years later he said: "If civilians are killed in an attack on a military installation, it is certainly regrettable, but I will not morally blame the IRA for it."[2]

See also


  1. ^ a b O'Dowd, Niall (10 March 2011). "Peter King is wrong , the IRA did kill an American --- Harrods car bomb attack was one of the worst of The Troubles". Periscope. IrishCentral. 
  2. ^ Littwin, Mike (10 March 2011). "Littwin: Not King's kind of terrorists". The Denver Post. 

External links

  • "1983: Harrods bomb blast kills six". BBC On This Day. BBC News Online. 17 December 1983. 
  • Indiscriminate IRA Bombing Kills Six Innocents – Harrods, London 1983 on YouTube
  • "Peter King, meet Kenneth Salvesen". Riffle. Blogspot. 9 March 2011. 
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