10 people killed in 1971 “Ballymurphy massacre” by British troops were “entirely innocent”- BBC News

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    Fifty years after they died, a coroner has ruled that 10 people who were killed in Belfast in 1971 – in an operation by British soldiers from the Parachute Regiment – had been “entirely innocent”. A catholic priest who was helping the wounded and a mother of eight children were among those killed.

    An operation by the British army to detain paramilitary suspects without trial led to three days of violence in Belfast’s Ballymurphy area. The soldiers said they believed they had come under fire from gunmen.

    The families of those who were killed finally won their long fight to clear the names of their relatives as the coroner criticised the army for using disproportionate force and the killings had been “without justification”.

    Sophie Raworth presents BBC News at Ten reporting by Ireland Correspondent Emma Vardy.

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