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Omagh bombing bereaved remember others hurt by violence

By Michael McHugh

Relatives of those killed in the Omagh bomb have recognised the plight of other victims worldwide as they laid flowers in memory of their loved ones.

The Real IRA attack in Omagh on August 15, 1998 was the worst single atrocity of the Troubles.

The 29 victims included a woman who was pregnant with twins.

Relatives of the dead gathered yesterday for an interdenominational service of remembrance at the memorial garden in the Co Tyrone town.

Michael Gallagher lost his son Aiden (21) during the bombing and helped organise the service which he said recognised the other victims around the world.

"Particularly this year we have seen an increase in violence around the world with the Malaysian airliner being shot down, the kidnapping of 125 young children by Boko Haram in Nigeria and the trouble in Syria and Iraq," he said.

Meanwhile, it is understood that a Police Ombudsman investigation into the bombing will be published imminently. Dr Michael Maguire's probe into how security force intelligence was disseminated is complete and a report is being compiled.

The Ombudsman's office, which independently investigates police work, launched an inquiry after a report by a group of MPs outlined remaining questions surrounding the bombing.

A 43-year-old man from the Republic was charged with the murders in April.

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