The Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, Martin McGuinness, has said the Claudy bombings of 1972 were "indefensible and appalling".
Today the 40th anniversary of the IRA bombings in which nine people were killed.
The Sinn Fein minister said the deaths and injuries were wrong and should not have happened.
He said they should motivate "everyone in our society to ensure such terrible tragedies never happen again".
East Derry MLA John Dallat has welcomed Mr McGuinnesses statement, but he said he must also tell the truth about the past.......