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Shooting of unarmed IRA man by British soldiers was unjustified, says official probe

Michael McHugh

Published 29/01/2013 | 12:24

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BRITISH soldiers were unjustified in opening fire on an unarmed Official IRA man in Belfast 40 years ago, according to a report.

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Soldiers shot Joe McCann several times as he ran away, a team of detectives said.

The Historical Enquiries Team (HET) also accused police of failing to properly investigate the killing.

The review team's report said: "The HET considers that Joe's actions did not amount to the level of specific threat which could have justified the soldiers opening fire in accordance with the Army Rules of Engagement or their standard operating procedures."

Mr McCann, 24, was shot on April 15, 1972, in Joy Street in the Markets, a mainly nationalist housing area near the city centre.

It happened just weeks after the Bloody Sunday Army shootings of civil rights protesters in Derry and campaigners said the same soldiers were involved.

Mr McCann's daughter, Nuala McCann, said: "The shooting of our father was not justified. It was unjustified."

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