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Bloody Sunday murder inquiry

A murder investigation is to be launched into the 13 people shot dead by soldiers in Londonderry on Bloody Sunday in 1972.

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Bloody Sunday murder inquiry 'could take years'

A murder inquiry into the Bloody Sunday killings 40 years ago in Northern Ireland, could take years according to PSNI chief constable Matt Baggott.

As part of the Saville Inquiry papers were passed to the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) last November.

Sir Edward Somers, Lord Saville (Chairman) and Mr Justice Bill Hoyt, pose in Londonderry, July 20. Credit: Reuters

The PPS have informed the police there were grounds for prosecution and a full criminal inquiry should follow.

There are already concerns that a lack of policing resources could hamper the inquiry. PSNI Chief Constable Matt Baggott said:

"I do not think anywhere else in the world is facing the challenges of organised crime, paramilitary activity ... alongside having to deal with 30 years of misery in such a way.

This will be, and is already, a very long resource intensive investigation which does have implications looking forward to how we are going to be able to sustain this"

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