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Soldier 'heard shots and blasts'

A former soldier has told the Saville Inquiry that he heard shots and a number of blast bombs before the Army opened fire on Bloody Sunday. The officer, who was in the 1st Battalion of the Coldstream Guards, was at St Eugene’s Cathedral in Londonderry where he heard one or two low velocity shots. He said these probably came from the direction of the Bogside’s Rossville Flats. The soldier, identified only as INQ 133, said he was certain the shots did not come from Army-issue self-loading rifles (SLR) because “one knew the sound of one’s own weapons”. Thirteen Catholic men were killed on 30 January 1972 during a civil rights march in Derry when British paratroops opened fire. Another man died later from his wounds. Full Story

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