UK government concealed role of radical cleric in terrorist bombing

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UK government concealed role of radical cleric in terrorist bombing

And not the kind of radical cleric you're thinking, either:

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A Catholic priest directed devastating IRA car bomb attacks in the Northern Irish village of Claudy in 1972 and his role was covered up by senior police officers, government ministers and the Catholic hierarchy, an official investigation has revealed.

The government said today it was "profoundly sorry" about the cover-up, while Northern Ireland's Catholic church said it accepted the findings, calling them "shocking".

Nine people were killed and more than 30 were injured when three vehicles exploded on the main street without warning on 31 July. It was one of the worst atrocities of the bloodiest year of the Troubles.

From the Guardian. Their reason for the coverup is rather interesting:

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Senior politicians feared the arrest of a priest in connection with such an atrocity - at a time when sectarian killings in Northern Ireland were out of control and the province stood on the brink of civil war - could destabilise the security situation even further.

Interesting stuff.