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Ex-soldier arrested in Co. Antrim in connection with Bloody Sunday investigation

NewsBy Jamie McDowell
Ex-soldier arrested in Co. Antrim in connection with Bloody Sunday investigation

An ex-soldier has been arrested by detectives investigating Bloody Sunday in Derry in 1972.

The 66-year-old was arrested by the Legacy Investigation Branch this morning in County Antrim.

The man would have been 23 years old at the time. 

He is currently being questioned by officers in Belfast.

The officer leading the investigation, Detective Chief Inspector Ian Harrison, said today’s arrest marked a new phase in the overall investigation which would continue for some time. 

On January 30, 1972, 14 people died after the Army opened fire on a Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association march in Derry's Bogside.

It is the first arrest to have been made following the launch of a murder investigation into the events that day was launched three years ago.

Prime Minister David Cameron issued  a public apology for the deaths in 2010.