Bloody Sunday colonel killed in Kenya

Published Sunday, 08 September 2013
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A former British Army colonel, who was in charge of the Parachute Regiment on Bloody Sunday in 1972, has been shot dead in Kenya.

Bloody Sunday colonel killed in Kenya
Twenty-six people were shot in the Bogside on Bloody Sunday, 30 January 1972. (© Pacemaker)

Edward Loden was killed in Langata, a suburb of Nairobi, during a robbery on Saturday.

It is understood he had been visiting his son on holiday.

Mr Loden had been a major in command of paratroopers in Londonderry on Bloody Sunday.

Thirteen unarmed civilians died when soldiers opened fire on civil rights marchers.

The Saville Inquiry, published in 2010, found there was no justification for the killing.

A statement released by The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said Edward Loden was born in 1940, and commissioned into the Parachute Regiment in 1959.

It said he served on numerous operations around the world, and was awarded the MC for service in Aden in 1967. He retired from the Army in 1992.

It continued: "Edward, married to Jill, father of Jamie and Will, was a devoted family man and proud grandfather of Oliver, Amelia, Joshua, Harry and Emily.

"Jill and her sons would like to say thank you to all the overwhelming messages of love and support from wider friends and family, and request that the family be given time to come to terms with this brutal tragedy."

© UTV News
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58 Comments
Eamo in Belfast wrote (316 days ago):
Alan in Whitehead it is because of the people like you that it took 28 years for the truth to come out. You are a bigot and should refrain from this site.
Alan in Whitehead wrote (316 days ago):
@john in not in the real world . Do you really think its ok for sb to come on here and condem someone else on evidence of watching a movie . Think you will find that the plonker is closer to home John !
kmkgilfillan in Lisburn wrote (316 days ago):
RIP xx
john in the real world in belfast wrote (316 days ago):
Alan in whitehead wise up you plonker
martin craig in england wrote (316 days ago):
i was invited to the premiere of the paul greengrass movie 'bloody sunday' on it's release at the tricycle theatre in london. the director had just released the movie about stephen lawrence - so there was a very diverse crowd there. the whole of the theatre audience was utterly shocked to witness such a brutal and merciless attack on civilians by a crack regiment... Edward Loden was portrayed as simply not being in control of these soldiers and indeed bewildered by the happenings of the day... btw, you as fellow countrymen there - it beggars belief why bloody sunday is not condemned by you all.
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