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Former British soldier released on bail after arrest over Bloody Sunday murders

The 66-year-old man was interviewed by police in Belfast.

The crowd carry pictures of the victims of Bloody Sunday while they march through Derry in 2010.
The crowd carry pictures of the victims of Bloody Sunday while they march through Derry in 2010.
Image: Julien Behal/PA

A 66-YEAR-OLD former British soldier has been released from police custody after being questioned over the events of Bloody Sunday in Derry in 1972.

The man, who is understood to be a former member of the British Parachute Regiment, was arrested in Antrim on Tuesday and interviewed about the shooting dead of the Catholic civil rights marchers.

Last night police said he was “released on bail pending further enquiries”.

Fourteen people in total died as a result of the events of 30 January 1972 when soldiers opened fire on the marchers. A number of other people were also injured.

The 66 year old is the first person to be arrested as part of the murder investigation. He was questioned by detectives investigating the murders of William Nash, 19, John Young, 17, and Michael McDaid, 20, who were shot and killed at a rubble barricade.

On Tuesday, the officer leading the investigation said this marked a new phase, which would continue for some time.

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