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Loughinisland massacre: PSNI vow to catch loyalist killers of World Cup fans

By Adrian Rutherford

Police investigating the murders of six men in the Loughinisland massacre have vowed to bring the killers to justice - 20 years on from the atrocity.

The six were watching the Republic of Ireland play Italy in the 1994 World Cup when loyalist gunmen burst into the Heights Bar and opened fire.

The victims included 87-year-old Barney Greene, the oldest victim of the Troubles.

Today, on the 20th anniversary of the killings, police issued a fresh appeal for information.

Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Gareth Talbot said police were committed to apprehending the killers.

“This was a sickening, indiscriminate and completely futile attack committed by terrorists who gave no thought to the innocent lives they shattered, then and now,” he said.

“Police remain firmly committed to apprehending those responsible for these murders.

“On this 20th anniversary, with all its pain for families and survivors and perhaps reflection for those involved, I would ask anyone with information about the murders to come forward and speak to police.”

No one has been charged with the murders. Police said that to date 16 people have been arrested, 51 searches conducted, 605 statements recorded and 2,500 actions raised in the investigation.

Victims' relatives suspect the RUC investigation was undermined to protect informants.

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