29/11/2005

Arrests in connection with 1972 bombing

A Sinn Fein assembly member is understood to have been arrested by police in connection with a 1972 IRA bomb attack which killed nine people.

It is reported that Francie Brolly was arrested along with freelance sports journalist Seamus Mullan, as well as two other people, in connection with inquiries into the attack.

The bombing in Claudy, Co Londonderry, when three IRA car bombs exploded, killed nine people, three were children.

Sinn Fein's Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness hit out at the arrest of Mr Brolly calling it "one of the most blatant examples of political policing seen here in recent times".

"Francie Brolly is an elected representative and a key participant in the peace process," the Mid-Ulster MP said. "His arrest is completely motivated by an anti-peace process and anti-Sinn Féin agenda operating at the heart of the Special Branch.

"Sinn Féin are demanding the immediate release of Francie Brolly and we will be raising this issue with both the British and Irish governments."

Mr Brolly is currently being detained by police at Antrim.

(MB/SP)

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