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Video: Omagh bombing victims' families to sue Northern Ireland's police chief

Relatives of Omagh bomb victims are to sue Northern Ireland's police chief for investigative failings they believe let the killers escape justice.

Ahead of next week's 19th anniversary of the Real IRA outrage that claimed the lives of 29 people, bereaved families have issued a writ against Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) chief constable George Hamilton seeking damages and a declaration their human rights have been breached.

It is the latest legal twist in their two-decade quest for justice and answers.

Michael Gallagher, whose 21-year-old son Aiden died in the bomb, said the families needed answers.

"Here we are 19 years on and the criminals responsible for this are still walking the streets - there has been absolutely no punitive measures taken against any of them," he told the Press Association.

He added: "We can't walk away and say 'it's just one of those things'.

"In our case it wasn't just Aiden that died, all of us died that day, our lives have never been the same and we need some answers."

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