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Service to be held for the victims of Kingsmill

By Adrian Rutherford

A service to remember the victims of the Kingsmill massacre will be held today on the 42nd anniversary of the atrocity.

Ten Protestant workmen were killed when their minibus was ambushed by an IRA gang on January 5, 1976.

The annual Kingsmill memorial service will be held this morning at the scene of the brutal attack in south Armagh, beginning at 10.45am.

The 10 workmen were shot dead after the gunmen stopped their van and asked which among them was a Catholic, and instructed that man to leave the scene.

No-one has ever been held to account for the murders.

A fresh inquest into the atrocity opened in 2016. However, it has been held up by legal difficulties.

Victims campaigner William Frazer said: "As the families gather to remember their loved ones, we are conscious of the ongoing inquest and the families' campaign for truth, justice and closure.

"I will be publicly updating the families on the suspects and the inquest.

"The message must be clear, the entire community were disgusted at what South Armagh IRA did at Kingsmill - the brutal sectarian reality of their campaign was exposed.

"We ask everyone to stand with us tomorrow and remember this wicked deed."

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