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RUC murders to be re-investigated

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The RUC officers were killed by an IRA bomb

The murders of three police officers killed in an IRA landmine are to be re-examined after new evidence was uncovered in a classified report.

Coroner John Leckey has requested fresh inquests into the 1982 killings in County Armagh of officers John Quinn, Allan McCloy and Paul Hamilton.

He made his decision after seeing confidential files.

Mr Leckey had asked to see the documents as part of his probe into six alleged 'shoot-to-kill' incidents.

Mr Leckey said evidence in the reports, which were compiled by former Manchester Metropolitan Police Deputy Chief Constable John Stalker and Sir Colin Sampson, had compelled him to ask the Attorney General to hold new inquests into the circumstances of the bomb attack.

'New evidence'

"I will ask him to direct that new inquests are held on the basis of the additional and new evidence," he said.

The coroner did not indicate the nature of the evidence.

The three RUC officers were killed when a bomb, left by the IRA, exploded beneath their armoured police car.

The officers were investigating reports of a robbery in Lurgan at the time of the explosion.

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