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Loughgall was Shoot-to-Kill

2 December, 2011 - by Barry McElduff

Commenting this morning after leaks of a HET report into the killing of eight IRA Volunteers and a civilian Anthony Hughes at Loughgall by the British Army appeared in the media, Sinn Féin Assembly member Barry McElduff said:

“The first thing to say is that the eight IRA Volunteers killed at Loughgall were much loved by their families and by the communities from which they came. Likewise Anthony Hughes. Some of the intemperate remarks this morning by DUP MP Gregory Campbell gloating over their deaths is unacceptable and a timely reminder for nationalists of where many senior figures in the DUP are despite the shared future speech by Peter Robinson last weekend.

“The men killed at Loughgall were victims of a British Government policy of Shoot-to-Kill. Nobody believes that the British Army unit were sent into Loughgall that evening to arrest anybody. They were sent there to kill the IRA unit and that is what they did. If the HET try and put forward a different theory it will say more about that groups credibility than anything else.

“The families of those killed at Loughgall deserve the truth. They do not deserve continuing cover-up and concealment by the British government or by the HET. The fact that this report was leaked to the media before being given to the families says much about the intent of the HET with regard to this investigation.” ENDS

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