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IRA fired first, says colonel

No one would have been killed on Bloody Sunday had the IRA not started a fierce gun battle with the troops, a senior army officer told the Saville tribunal yesterday. Colonel Ted Loden, 63, was the major commanding the Parachute Regiment’s support unit on January 30 1972 when soldiers shot dead 13 Catholic men during a civil rights march in Derry. A 14th man died later. Col Loden, whose men fired more than 100 shots that day, remembered having heard a burst of incoming fire just after he got out of an armoured vehicle in the nationalist Bogside area. He told the inquiry in London: “I became aware of a burst of automatic fire from a low velocity weapon. It seemed to come from the area of Rossville flats. The next 10 minutes involved a heavy exchange of fire.There were a lot of rounds coming in and my soldiers were firing back.” Full Story

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