source: Irish News
published: 24 January 2020
Previously unseen British army intelligence documents have linked undercover British soldier Robert Nairac to the Miami Showband Massacre.
Three members of the band, including lead singer Fran O’Toole, died when loyalist killers stopped their minibus at a bogus UDR check point near Banbridge in Co Down in July 1975.
The attack was carried out by members of the Glenanne Gang, which included RUC, UDR and UVF personnel. Two loyalists had also died when the bomb that they were planting exploded prematurely.
Army documents linked SAS trained officer Robert Nairac to the atrocity. While he has previously been connected to loyalist murders this is believed to be the first time MoD documents naming him have been made public.
Captain Nairac was abducted and killed by the IRA in 1977 and his body has never been found. He is one of three people belonging to the group known as The Disappeared whose remains have yet to be located. [Former RUC officer said; No evidence that Captain Robert Nairac was involved in murder of IRA member]
The Ministry of Defence papers were recently disclosed to solicitor Michael Flanigan who represents Fran O’Toole’s widow Valerie Andersen.