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Families receive findings of Bloody Sunday report


Relatives of those shot dead on Bloody Sunday in Northern Ireland hope a report today will find their loved ones were killed unlawfully by British troops.

Nearly 40 years on, they marched to Londonderry’s Guildhall to read the conclusions of a long-running inquiry into what happened.

Martin McGuinness, now Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister, was a former leading member of the IRA. He has strongly denied claims by security force informers that he fired the first shot on that day.

It was January 30, 1972 when British soldiers opened fire on an unlawful civil rights march in Derry, killing 13 people and injuring another 14, one of whom died later.

Victims’ families hope the Saville Report will say the slain protesters were innocent. They want the troops involved to be prosecuted. Soldiers have insisted they were firing at armed men and that the demonstrators were shot by mistake.

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