On an historic day for Northern Ireland, a British Prime Minister has apologised for the events of Bloody Sunday in 1972.
Relatives of those killed by British soldiers watched from Londonderry, as David Cameron unveiled a long-awaited report into the deaths.
“The conclusions of this report are absolutely clear”, Cameron told the House of Commons in London.
“There is no doubt. There is nothing equivocal. There are no ambiguities. What happened on Bloody Sunday was both unjustified and unjustifiable. It was wrong.”
The premier went on to say:
“The government is ultimately responsible for the conduct of the armed forces and, for that, on behalf of the government, indeed on behalf of our country, I am deeply sorry.”
The report found that none of the casualties posed a threat or did anything that would justify their being shot. A total of 13 people were killed on Bloody Sunday. A 14th man who was wounded died later.