Northern Ireland

HET finds Sean Ruddy's death 'should not have happened'

Sean Ruddy
Image caption Sean Ruddy was shot with two friends in 1971

The family of a Newry man shot dead by soldiers in the city 40 years ago have been told his killing "should not have happened".

Sean Ruddy was killed along with two friends in the city centre in October 1971.

The army had been waiting for an IRA bomb team they were expecting to target a bank.

The Historical Enquiries Team found the men were unarmed and were shot as they tried to steal from bar staff.

The HET said the deaths were a tragedy and should not have happened.

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