Former British soldier arrested over Bloody Sunday shootings in Derry

Memorial for the people killed by British soldiers on Sunday 30 January 1972.

AN ex British soldier has been arrested following an investigation into the shootings that took place on Bloody Sunday in Derry in 1972.

The man, 66, was a member of the Parachute Regiment and he was arrested in County Antrim on Tuesday morning and is being interviewed at a Belfast police station. 

The ex paratrooper’s arrest is the first in the Bloody Sunday investigation and lead officer Det Ch Insp Ian Harrison said the development “marked a new phase in the overall investigation which would continue for some time.”

British soldiers began shooting into a group of people gathered for a civil rights march in Derry and after fourteen people were killed the day became known as Bloody Sunday.

British Prime Minister David Cameron made an apology to the victims on behalf of the state in 2010 after an 12 year long inquiry found that British soldiers were responsible for the deaths of the innocent civilians.

Cameron called the murders ‘unjustified and unjustifiable.’

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