Ten people killed in shootings when British troops opened fire in west Belfast 50 years ago were ‘entirely innocent’, a coroner has ruled.

The families of the nine men and one woman, who were killed in Ballymurphy in 1971, applauded as Coroner Mrs Siobhan Keegan ruled that the use of force by British soldiers was not justified.

Mrs Justice Keegan attributed nine of the 10 shootings, known as the ‘Ballymurphy Massacre’, to the British army.

She ruled out any paramilitary involvement by any of those killed and described them as ‘entirely innocent of any wrongdoing on the day in question’.

The coroner described the inquests as the longest running in Northern Irish history and that the deaths remain ‘stark’ for the families five decades on.

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