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Miami Showband killer John Somerville dies aged 71

By David Young

A UVF killer involved in one of the most infamous attacks of the Troubles has died.

John Somerville was part of the terrorist gang - four of whom were in the UDR - that carried out the massacre of Miami Showband musicians on July 31, 1975.

He lived in the Shankill area of Belfast and was 71.

In all, three band members were killed and another two injured in the bomb and gun attack.

Alongside Thomas Crozier, Somerville was handed a life sentence for his part in the attack, which also claimed the life of his brother Wesley and fellow UVF man Harris Boyle. On the night of the murders, the popular group had been driving back to the Republic following a concert in Banbridge.

Their minibus was stopped at a fake checkpoint and two UVF men were killed when a bomb they were loading into the van exploded. The rest then opened fire.

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