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Omagh bomb report claims authorities missed clues

Omagh bombing, Omagh
A woman walks across Main St in Omagh where the 1998 bomb killed 29 people

THE FAMILIES of the victims of the Omagh bombing have called for a new cross-Government inquiry amid fresh concerns that more could have been done to prevent the 1998 atrocity.

A new report into the bombing –  commissioned by the families of some of the 29 victims – was published on Thursday and is said to contain evidence that British and Irish intelligence units had information that could have prevented the massacre.

Already seen by both Governments, the report claims to contain evidence confirming that an FBI spy may have assisted to track the bombers’ car in the lead up to the attack — a claim which has been denied by the authorities.

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The publication of the report comes nearly 15 years to the day since a Real IRA car bomb exploded in the Co. Tyrone market town on August 15, 1998.

The relatives of the victims hope their findings will prompt a cross-border judicial inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the bombing — widely deemed one of the worst atrocities of the Troubles period.

Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers has yet to rule out the demands, while a British Government spokesperson claimed they are “still considering the options”.

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