Facts ambushed

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 11 September, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 11 September, 1994, 12:00am

IN THE article on the new British Forces Commander in Hong Kong, Major-General Bryan Dutton - 'General braced for challenge' (Sunday Morning Post, August 14) - your reporter said he 'has had considerable experience in Northern Ireland, notably after the Warrenpoint atrocity in which a dozen British soldiers were killed when a police station exploded in South Armagh'.

With all due respect, 21 British paratroopers were killed in an ambush near Warrenpoint, which is in County Down, not South Armagh, in the summer of 1979. No police station exploded on that occasion.

These paratroopers belonged to the same 'brave' regiment which murdered 13 Irish civilians in Londonderry in what was known as 'Bloody Sunday' in February 1972. HUGH BYRNE San Francisco