Sinn Fein Official Arrested

In 1972 Bombing by IRA

LONDONDERRY, Northern Ireland -- Police arrested a Sinn Fein politician and three other people Tuesday on suspicion of involvement in one of the Irish Republican Army's most notorious attacks -- a 1972 triple car bombing in a mostly Protestant village.

Nine people were killed when the IRA detonated the bombs without warning in Claudy on July 31, 1972. The victims were five Catholics and four Protestants, among them a 9-year-old girl and three teenagers. No one has ever been charged in the attack.

Police, who reopened the investigation in 2002, said all four people arrested Tuesday -- men ages 50, 60 and 67, and a 58-year-old woman -- were questioned as suspects in 1972 but released.

Sinn Fein, the IRA-linked party in Northern Ireland, confirmed that police had arrested one of its officials, Francie Brolly, at his home in Dungiven. Brolly, a retired teacher known locally as a traditional singer, was elected in 2003 to the province's long-mothballed legislature.


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