UK government rejects compensations for victims of Libya-funded IRA attacks

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The government has rejected a call for a UK reparations fund for victims of Libyan-sponsored IRA attacks.

The fund was originally suggested by a cross-party group of MPs on the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee.

They have described the government’s response as unacceptable.

Former Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi supplied arms to the IRA and, during the Troubles, Libyan Semtex plastic explosive was a key weapon in the group’s bombing campaign.

MPs on the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee, which investigated the issue for many months during the last parliament, originally called for compensation for victims.

They also wanted a special fund set up and Libyan assets in the UK frozen.

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