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Bloody Sunday Paratroopers 'will be questioned by PSNI next month'

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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. Pic 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. Pic 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. Pic Stanley Matchett

Soldiers involved in the Bloody Sunday killings are to be interviewed.

The eight former soldiers are to be interviewed during March.

Thirteen people were killed by members of the Parachute Regiment on the day of the incident in Derry's Bogside in 1972.

Another victim of the shootings died in hospital four months later.



Northern Ireland police launched the murder investigation in 2012.

It was initiated after a Government-commissioned inquiry, undertaken by Lord Saville, found none of the victims was posing a threat to soldiers when they were shot.

Following the publication of the Saville report in 2010, Prime Minister David Cameron apologised for the Army's actions, branding them "unjustified and unjustifiable".

Last September, the PSNI told bereaved families they intended to interview a number of former soldiers about their involvement on the day, however, their progress has been thwarted by legal action.

A 66-year-old was the first soldier to be arrested last year as part of the investigation. He was held in Co Antrim and later released on police bail. The arrest was welcomed by relatives of those killed.

A petition calling for soldiers involved in Bloody Sunday to be granted immunity from prosecution has gained tens of thousands of supporters.

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Scenes from 'Bloody Sunday' in Londonderry, Northern Ireland

Scenes from 'Bloody Sunday' in Londonderry, Northern Ireland

Paddy Doherty, who was killed on Bloody Sunday.

Paddy Doherty, who was killed on Bloody Sunday.

30th January 1972: An armed soldier and a protestor on Bloody Sunday when British Paratroopers shot dead 13 civilians on a civil rights march.

30th January 1972: An armed soldier and a protestor on Bloody Sunday when British Paratroopers shot dead 13 civilians on a civil rights march.

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A young Fr Edward Daly carries a blood-soaked hankie as he leads a group of men trying desperately to carry John 'Jackie' Duddy to safety. Duddy (17) was the first fatality of Bloody Sunday after being shot from behind by paratroopers

A young Fr Edward Daly carries a blood-soaked hankie as he leads a group of men trying desperately to carry John 'Jackie' Duddy to safety. Duddy (17) was the first fatality of Bloody Sunday after being shot from behind by paratroopers

A young Fr Edward Daly carries a blood-soaked hankie as he leads a group of men trying desperately to carry John 'Jackie' Duddy to safety. Duddy (17) was the first fatality of Bloody Sunday after being shot from behind by paratroopers

A young Fr Edward Daly carries a blood-soaked hankie as he leads a group of men trying desperately to carry John 'Jackie' Duddy to safety. Duddy (17) was the first fatality of Bloody Sunday after being shot from behind by paratroopers

Bloody Sunday

Bloody Sunday

A scene showing a British paratrooper near Glenfada Park in Derry where Bloody Sunday took place.

A scene showing a British paratrooper near Glenfada Park in Derry where Bloody Sunday took place.

Hugh Gilmore (third left) seen clutching his stomach as he is shot during Bloody Sunday.

Hugh Gilmore (third left) seen clutching his stomach as he is shot during Bloody Sunday.

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William McKinney, killed on Bloody Sunday.

William McKinney, killed on Bloody Sunday.

Lt Col Derek Wilford, the former commander of the members of the Parachute Regiment involved in the Bloody Sunday shootings

Lt Col Derek Wilford, the former commander of the members of the Parachute Regiment involved in the Bloody Sunday shootings

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A protest parade in was staged in Londonderry in January to mark the 40th anniversary of Bloody Sunday

A protest parade in was staged in Londonderry in January to mark the 40th anniversary of Bloody Sunday

Hugh Gilmore who was killed on Bloody Sunday.

Hugh Gilmore who was killed on Bloody Sunday.

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Michael McDaid who was killed on Bloody Sunday.

Michael McDaid who was killed on Bloody Sunday.

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Bloody Sunday:  Up to 20 soldiers still face being formally questioned by police for alleged murder, attempted murder or criminal injury during the notorious incident

Bloody Sunday: Up to 20 soldiers still face being formally questioned by police for alleged murder, attempted murder or criminal injury during the notorious incident

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Soldiers taking cover behind their sandbagged armoured cars during  Bloody Sunday

Soldiers taking cover behind their sandbagged armoured cars during Bloody Sunday

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Lord Chief Justice, Lord Widgery in his room at the Old Bailey as he looks through his report on the "Bloody Sunday" shootings

Lord Chief Justice, Lord Widgery in his room at the Old Bailey as he looks through his report on the "Bloody Sunday" shootings

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Jim Wray who was killed on Bloody Sunday.

Jim Wray who was killed on Bloody Sunday.

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John Young who was killed on Bloody Sunday.

John Young who was killed on Bloody Sunday.

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William McKinney who was killed on Bloody Sunday.

William McKinney who was killed on Bloody Sunday.

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Kevin McElhinney who was killed on Bloody Sunday.

Kevin McElhinney who was killed on Bloody Sunday.

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Gerard McKinney who was killed on Bloody Sunday.

Gerard McKinney who was killed on Bloody Sunday.

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Gerald Donaghey who was killed on Bloody Sunday.

Gerald Donaghey who was killed on Bloody Sunday.

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Alana Burke who was eighteen when she was run over by an armoured personnel carrier on Bloody Sunday.

Alana Burke who was eighteen when she was run over by an armoured personnel carrier on Bloody Sunday.

Bloody Sunday. January 1972

Bloody Sunday. January 1972

Patrick Doherty who was killed on Bloody Sunday.

Patrick Doherty who was killed on Bloody Sunday.

Bloody Sunday Trust

Bloody Sunday. Funeral. Mrs Ita McKinney, 9 months pregnant cries behind the hearse carrying her husband James from St Mary's, Creggan.  2/2/1972.

Bloody Sunday. Funeral. Mrs Ita McKinney, 9 months pregnant cries behind the hearse carrying her husband James from St Mary's, Creggan. 2/2/1972.

Michael Kelly  who was killed on Bloody Sunday.

Michael Kelly who was killed on Bloody Sunday.

A man receiving attention during the shooting incident in Londonderry, which became known as Bloody Sunday

A man receiving attention during the shooting incident in Londonderry, which became known as Bloody Sunday

Bloody Sunday.   30/1/1972

Bloody Sunday. 30/1/1972

Bloody Sunday.   30/1/1972

Bloody Sunday. 30/1/1972

Bloody Sunday.   30/1/1972

Bloody Sunday. 30/1/1972

JAMES WRAY IN HIS HOME IN THE BOGSIDE DERRY HOLDING THE COAT WITH BULLIET HOLES IN THAT  HIS SON ALSO CALLED JAMES WRAY WAS KILLED ON BLOODY SUNDAY

JAMES WRAY IN HIS HOME IN THE BOGSIDE DERRY HOLDING THE COAT WITH BULLIET HOLES IN THAT HIS SON ALSO CALLED JAMES WRAY WAS KILLED ON BLOODY SUNDAY

The start of a grim day in Derry. Civil Rights marchers make their way through Creggan.  They defied a Government ban and headed for Guildhall Square, but were stopped by the Army in William Street.  31/1/1972

The start of a grim day in Derry. Civil Rights marchers make their way through Creggan. They defied a Government ban and headed for Guildhall Square, but were stopped by the Army in William Street. 31/1/1972

Bloody Sunday 1972

Bloody Sunday 1972

Linda Nash carries flowers with the number 14 inscribed during yesterdays annual Bloody Sunday Parade in Derry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 29.1.12

Linda Nash carries flowers with the number 14 inscribed during yesterdays annual Bloody Sunday Parade in Derry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 29.1.12

Martin McKeown

A memorial to those killed on Bloody Sunday in the Bogside area of Derry

A memorial to those killed on Bloody Sunday in the Bogside area of Derry

The memorial to the 14 people who died on Bloody Sunday in Derry rises from among the sea of umbrellas as all the families came together in an ecumenical service. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Civil Rights mark.The service included contributions from Father Michael Canny and Reverend David Latimer, left.  Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 29.1.12

The memorial to the 14 people who died on Bloody Sunday in Derry rises from among the sea of umbrellas as all the families came together in an ecumenical service. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Civil Rights mark.The service included contributions from Father Michael Canny and Reverend David Latimer, left. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 29.1.12

Martin McKeown

Scenes from 'Bloody Sunday' in Londonderry, Northern Ireland

Detective Chief Inspector Ian Harrison confirmed: “Detectives from Legacy Investigation Branch investigating the events of Bloody Sunday will commence interviews with 8 former military personnel in March.”

Belfast Telegraph