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As many as 20 retired British soldiers could face being arrested for murder in connection with the Bloody Sunday shootings of 1972.

Attempted murder and criminal injury charges could also be brought against the men, most of whom are now in their sixties and seventies.

The soldiers face questioning under criminal caution for their involvement in the incident which killed 14 Catholic civil rights protestors in Londonderry, Ireland.

The development comes three years after a £200m inquiry by Lord Saville into the shootings produced its report based on 12 years of investigation.

Its findings concluded that all those shot by paratroopers during the march in the Bogside area of Londonderry were unarmed, rendering their deaths 'unjustified and unjustifiable'.

The judge added the army had lost control of the situation which is known as one of the most poignant incidents of the Troubles.
Colonel Edward Loden commanded the unit involved in the Bloody Sunday shootings

Colonel Edward Loden commanded the unit involved in the Bloody Sunday shootings

The Ministry of Defence has started sourcing legal representatives on behalf of the soldiers, who have never been formally interviewed by police in relation to the shootings.

Colonel Edward Loden, who commanded the unit involved in the attack, was killed earlier this year in Kenya.

Loden was exonerated by the Saville Inquiry into the killings, which said that he did not realise his soldiers might be firing at people who did not pose a threat.

A source close to the case told The Sunday Times: 'It is possible that some of the soldiers will be prosecuted', adding that action would be 'imminent'.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland however said the case could take a little longer.

A spokesman said: 'Preliminary work has begun into what will be a lengthy and complex investigation into the events of January 30, 1972.

'For the investigation to be as comprehensive and effective as possible, police will be asking for public support in the form of witnesses who gave evidence to the Saville inquiry.'

The representative also revealed detectives would be prohibited from including Saville testimony to pursue criminal charges.

The expensive Saville inquiry concluded that 26 British Army soldiers had opened fire although not all of their shots hit demonstrators.
By-standers hover over one of the 13 men who were killed in the riot on January 30 1972

By-standers hover over one of the 13 men who were killed in the riot on January 30 1972

Two soldiers, identified only as Lance Corporal F and Soldier G, may have shot as many as eight or 10 people between them, it suggested.

Most of the soldiers involved are still alive though their identities have been protected to safeguard them from reprisals.

They each gave anonymous evidence at the Saville inquiry, in the hope their testimony would help resolve the situation once and for all.

The soldiers were given legal assurances their testimony would not later be used against them in pursuit of criminal activity.

Their accounts relied on the defence they acted under 'yellow card' rules of engagement which permits soldiers to open fire if a legitimate threat to life is identified.

Several of the men claimed they believed they were under fire, though the shots they heard were in fact echoes of those being fired near a block of flats by their colleagues.

Thirteen were killed on January 30 after soldiers opened fire on the streets of Londonderry.

A fourteenth protestor died as a result of injuries sustained on the same day.

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What BS.  The Irish were not the benevolent victims they've been made out to be.  They killed plenty of innocent people during their terrorism campaign.

When tensions are running extremely high, all it takes is one round being fired, a rock hitting someone, or even a car backfiring to make everyone jump.  Once someone opens fire, everyone will follow suit.
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Truth and Reconciliation worked in South Africa, and is being attempted for Northern Ireland, too.
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While they are at it they should arrest that simpleton Bono for writing that piece of shi*t song about it.
Why?  Well, because I'm a bastard, that's why.

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I remember it. Well. One of the biggest sources of shame 1 Para ever had.

They got scared. Were jumpy as hell. Someone got trigger happy and bang - massive incident.

Should they be prosecuted? No. The CO should be, except he is now dead. The CO is responsible for his unit. That is something that every officer is taught pretty much first thing. Your squad bleep up, your ass is in the sling, to use a saying of an old friend of mine.
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