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Police open Bloody Sunday inquiry

DUBLIN — Northern Ireland police say they have opened a criminal inquiry into the 1972 Bloody Sunday massacre, when British soldiers shot to death 13 unarmed Irish Catholic protesters.

A police commander, ­Judith Gillespie, confirmed the move after meeting families of the Bloody Sunday dead Thursday.

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Nobody has ever been charged in the killings, which inflamed Catholic support for the outlawed Provisional Irish Republican Army.

Gillespie said 15 full-time detectives will collect witness testimony and then question former soldiers who opened fire as criminal suspects.

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Gillespie said she did not know how long the investigation would take.

The families of the Bloody Sunday victims and the IRA-linked Sinn Fein party, which represents most of Northern Ireland’s Catholic minority, welcomed the move.

Associated Press

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