‘Republicans seem to think they had right to tour Mid Ulster and murder’

The burnt out car in which three IRA men were shot dead by the SAS in Coagh in 1991.

The burnt out car in which three IRA men were shot dead by the SAS in Coagh in 1991.

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Mid Ulster MLA Sandra Overend has reacted to the frustration of the families of three IRA men killed by SAS in Coagh in 1991.

In a statement, the UUP assembly member said she was speaking out on the importance of putting the needs of victims first.

“Some family members of three terrorists killed by the SAS in Coagh in a stolen car in June 1991 expressed frustration at the delays in holding a full inquest,” she began.

“I could not help but think that at least their families are able call the army to court. There are many more families in Mid-Ulster whose loved ones were murdered by the IRA and other republican terror gangs and who have no such opportunity available to them.

“There is real anger and frustration amongst victims and their families that Republicans seem to think they had the right to tour round Mid-Ulster and the rest of Northern Ireland murdering people at will, yet if they happened to encounter the security forces, then they seem to think they should be treated as if out for a Sunday afternoon drive.

“The fact remains that three IRA men were travelling through Coagh in a stolen car when the SAS opened fire in June 1991. Bearing in mind the numerous murders which were carried out by the IRA in the local area during that period, it is reasonable to assume that they were on their way to carry out another act of terrorism.

Mrs Overend added: “Few tears will be shed for the death of terrorists. Their families will obviously miss them and mourn them, but they can expect little sympathy from the rest of society which will save its tears and sympathies for innocent victims and their families.”