Omagh Bomb Families Press For Inquiry

Twelve years after the North's worst terrorist atrocity, the families bereaved in the IRA's Omagh bombing have revealed they are to raise their calls for a public inquiry in talks with the new Westminster Government next month.

The anniversary of the 1998 blast, which claimed the lives of 29 people, including a woman pregnant with twins, was marked with an interdenominational service in the Co Tyrone town.

Representatives of the British and Irish governments were among those who attended the poignant event.

Prayers were read in various languages including Spanish, in memory of the victims of that country killed in the blast.

Northern Ireland Office Minister Hugo Swire said: "I was very pleased to be asked and very pleased to be able to come here today, twelve years after this appalling atrocity which for many people is still alive in their memories."

The dissident Real IRA carried out the Omagh bombing with the same faction using this Saturday to plant a bomb in very similar circumstances.

It exploded and left three children injured when the bomb planted by dissident republicans exploded in a bin in Lurgan, Co Armagh.


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