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Bookmakers killings remembered 25 years on

A memorial event is held at Sean Graham Bookmakers on the Ormeau Road. Credit: Pacemaker

A memorial service has been held to remember the 25th anniversary of the fatal gun attack at Sean Graham bookmakers in south Belfast.

Five people, including a 15-year-old boy were killed, and nine others were wounded when two loyalist gunman opened fire in the Ormeau Road shop on the fifth of February, 1992.

The UFF claimed the attack was in revenge for IRA killings at Teebane.

On Sunday afternoon, relatives of the victims and members of the local community gathered for a prayer service at the scene of the shooting before leaving floral tributes.

Credit: Pacemaker

A special mass was also held later at St Malachy's Church.

A Police Ombudsman report into the killings, is expected later this year, and relatives hope it will back their claims of collusion.

Lower Ormeau resident John Gormley told those gathered at the memorial: “The families fully expect the report to fully hold to account those responsible for colluding in, carrying out and covering up the attack and will accept nothing less.”

The Police Ombudsman told UTV earlier this week that his inquiry has been widened to include a total of 12 loyalist murders in south Belfast in the 1980s and 90s.

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