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Omagh church leaders' unity call

The new memorial gardens, Omagh
An artist's impression of the new memorial garden

Church leaders in Omagh have called on all the families affected by the Real IRA bomb attack to attend Friday's 'official' 10th anniversary service.

At least 10 families who lost relatives in the bomb are boycotting the council-run event.

They are angry at the way in which plans for a new memorial were handled.

In a statement on Monday, the Omagh Churches Forum said some clergy would also go to a separate memorial service organised by some families next Sunday.

Clergy from the four main denominations had rejected an invitation to attend Sunday's event, opting instead for the official one.

A total of 29 people and two unborn children were killed in the Real IRA attack on the County Tyrone town on 15 August 1998.

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