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Monday, 26 November, 2001, 16:13 GMT
Witness recalls 'youth with bomb'
Guildhall in Londonderry
The inquiry is sitting at the Guildhall in Londonderry
A man who was shot in the face on Bloody Sunday has said he saw a youth with what may have been a nail bomb in his pocket.

Michael Quinn was giving evidence to the Saville Inquiry on Monday.

The inquiry is examining the events of 30 January 1972 when 13 civilians were shot dead by British paratroopers after a civil rights march in Londonderry. A 14th person died later.

Mr Quinn said he saw two youths acting nervously in Glenfada park and that he took it at the time that one of them had a nail bomb.

He said an older man approached them, told them that they were going to get people killed, and that all three left the area immediately.


The Bloody Sunday Inquiry, chaired by Lord Saville of Newdigate, was established in 1998 by Prime Minister Tony Blair after a campaign by families of those killed and injured.

They felt that the Widgery Inquiry, held shortly after the shootings, did not find out the truth about what happened on Bloody Sunday.

The new inquiry has been sitting in public in Derry's Guildhall for more than a year and is expected to run for another two years.

Witnesses to the inquiry are immune from prosecution on issues arising from their evidence.

It is aimed solely at establishing the facts of what happened.

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