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Bloody Sunday probe police to interview seven soldiers

Published 17/09/2015

Archive image of soldiers during Bloody Sunday in 1972
Archive image of soldiers during Bloody Sunday in 1972
Police are to interview seven soldiers over Bloody Sunday
Police are to interview seven soldiers over Bloody Sunday

Seven soldiers are to be interviewed by police investigating the Bloody Sunday shootings in Northern Ireland.

In January 1972 British paratroopers opened fire and killed 13 demonstrators. Fourteen were injured and another was to die later.

Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) Detective Chief Inspector Ian Harrison met victims' families to update them on the progress of their investigation. He said 34 military and 310 civilian witness statements have been recorded.

A spokesman said: "He also told the families that seven military witnesses would be interviewed over the coming months, along with 10 civilian witnesses.

"DCI Harrison reiterated the fact this is a long, complex and protracted investigation but that he remained committed to keeping the families informed of progress as appropriate."

Bloody Sunday has been described as one of the catalysts of the Troubles in Northern Ireland, which left more than 3,000 dead and many others injured.

Civil rights demonstrators seeking one man one vote and other concessions from the unionist-dominated government of Northern Ireland had gathered for a march in Derry.

Picture by Stanley MAtchett
A victim is carried to an ambulance as a priest waves a bloodsoaked white handkerchief on 'Bloody Sunday' in Derry/Londonderry's Bogside area when paratroopers controversially opened fire on people taking part in a Civil Rights march.
Picture by Stanley MAtchett A victim is carried to an ambulance as a priest waves a bloodsoaked white handkerchief on 'Bloody Sunday' in Derry/Londonderry's Bogside area when paratroopers controversially opened fire on people taking part in a Civil Rights march.
Hugh Gilmore (third left) seen clutching his stomach as he is shot during Bloody Sunday.
St Mary's Church, on the Creggan Estate, during the Requiem Mass for the 13 who died on 'Bloody Sunday' in Londonderry.
Soldiers taking cover behind their sandbagged armoured cars during Bloody Sunday
Paddy Doherty, who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
William McKinney, killed on Bloody Sunday.
Alana Burke who was eighteen when she was run over by an armoured personnel carrier on Bloody Sunday.
Michael Kelly who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
Patrick Doherty who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
Gerard McKinney who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
Gerald Donaghey who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
John Young who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
Kevin McElhinney who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
William McKinney who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
Jim Wray who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
Hugh Gilmore who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
Michael McDaid who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
A mural in the Bogside area of Londonderry depicting a scene from the Bloody Sunday killings
Pictures of the victims of Bloody Sunday held aloft during a march in the Bogside area of Londonderry
The body of Jackie Duddy is carried away, led by the crouched figure of Fr Edward Daly carrying a bloodstained hankerchief, on Bloody Sunday
Mourners line the streets near St Mary's Church to watch the funeral procession of the 13 people who died on Bloody Sunday in 1972
A man receiving attention during the shooting incident in Londonderry, which became known as Bloody Sunday
Changed status: it took many years for killing of Bloody Sunday victims to be deemed unlawful
A man receiving attention during the shooting incident in Derry, which became known as Bloody Sunday
Families of the victims of the Bloody Sunday shootings march from the Bogside to the Guildhall holding photographs of their relatives, to gain a preview of the Saville Report on June 15, 2010
Families of the victims of the Bloody Sunday shootings march from the Bogside to the Guildhall holding photographs of their relatives, to gain a preview of the Saville Report on June 15, 2010
Relatives of those shot dead on Bloody Sunday after the Saville Report was released
Relatives of those shot dead on Bloody Sunday outside the Guildhall in Derry
Relatives of those shot dead on Bloody Sunday after the Saville Report was released
Relatives of those shot dead on Bloody Sunday outside the Guildhall in Londonderry
Families of the victims of the Bloody Sunday shootings march from the Bogside to the Guildhall holding photographs of their relatives, to gain a preview of the Saville Report on June 15, 2010
Families of the victims of the Bloody Sunday shootings march from the Bogside to the Guildhall holding photographs of their relatives, to gain a preview of the Saville Report on June 15, 2010
Relatives of those shot dead on Bloody Sunday wave to crowds after reading a copy of the long-awaited Saville Inquiry report, outside the Guildhall

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