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Plaque tribute to 12 terror victims

The family of officer Andrew Somervell
The family of officer Andrew Somervell
The plaque in memory of 12 murdered security personnel

By Staff Reporter

A plaque has been unveiled in memory of 12 members of the security forces who lost their lives at the hands of terrorists.

The event was held at Clogher Royal British Legion (RBL) in Co Tyrone on Saturday afternoon.

Among the 12 families being honoured were three from Great Britain, whose visiting relatives were hosted by victims' group the South East Fermanagh Foundation.

Clogher RBL branch chairman Harry Alexander said: "Our branch felt it very important to erect a plaque which would pay tribute to those who laid down their lives in defence of democracy and of defeating the terrorist campaign.

"I had the great honour of serving with 11 of the 12 service personnel remembered and I found today particularly poignant because it marked my own brother-in-law's anniversary - Ivan Hillen, who is one of those remembered on the plaque."

Among those present were relatives of Andrew Somervell, who died in a landmine attack near Ballygawley, Co Tyrone, in 1973.

Kenny Donaldson from the foundation said: "We owe a debt of gratitude to the men and women who sought to serve the community, often paying a very heavy price for their courage."

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