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Thursday 12 December 2019

New probe into Omagh needed -- UK report

David Young

A new investigation must be set up to examine if vital intelligence on the Omagh bombers was withheld, a UK parliamentary report said yesterday.

The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee said too many questions remained unanswered over how much the security services knew about the killers' movements around the time of the dissident republican attack 12 years ago and if police officers were left out of the loop.

Some 29 people were killed when the Real IRA car bomb exploded in the Co Tyrone town.

The committee undertook an inquiry into the security services' role following claims in a BBC documentary that the UK government's listening station GCHQ had monitored suspects' mobile phone calls on the day of the atrocity in August 1998.

'Panorama' said this information was never passed to RUC detectives assigned to the case.

While a subsequent review had rejected many of the assertions made by 'Panorama', the committee said the bereaved still needed answers.

Analysis: David McKittrick, Page 29

Irish Independent

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