Friday 23 February 2018

British colonel who refused to apologise for Bloody Sunday

Edward Loden was shot dead in the suburbs of Nairobi in Kenya last weekend. During a suspected armed robbery, shots were fired into the car in which the 73-year-old ex-colonel was travelling with his family after dining at a restaurant.

There were tributes in the British papers to a man tragically cut down after a distinguished military career which had seen him awarded a military cross for his heroism in Aden. The Derry Journal headline told a different story: "'Sunday' victim's brother 'no sympathy' for slain ex-army man".

It was soldiers from the support company of the Parachute Regiment commanded by Loden that shot dead the 13 victims of Bloody Sunday in Derry in 1972, one of them John Kelly's 17-year-old brother.

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