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Ambush legal case adjourned

A legal action brought by a man wounded by soldiers 18 years ago has been put off until later this year.

Aidan McKeever is suing the Ministry of Defence for alleged assault and battery, and unreasonable force during a military operation in Clonoe, Co Tyrone.

But after three days of evidence at the High Court a decision was taken to adjourn the case.

No further details were disclosed, with Mr McKeever's lawyers declining to comment on the proceedings before Mr Justice Treacy.

A review hearing has been listed for next month, with the trial not expected to resume again until after the summer recess.

The case centres on events surrounding the killing of four Provisional IRA men in February 1992.

Soldiers opened fire on them as they dumped a lorry used in a machine-gun attack on an RUC station in nearby Coalisland.

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Mr McKeever, who was unarmed and not among those who carried out the attack, said he was shot in the chest as he tried to get out of his car in the area.

Giving evidence, he said the scene was like something from a film, with “a lot of gunfire”.


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