Commemorations for three soldiers murdered in infamous honeytrap killings

The memorial in north Belfast to the three soldiers

The memorial in north Belfast to the three soldiers

Commemorations have been held tonight to mark the 45th anniversary of three soldiers being shot dead by the IRA.

Flowers were left at the memorial stone at Ballysillan Avenue on the outskirts of north Belfast.

Flowers have been left at the memorial

Flowers have been left at the memorial

Three Scottish soldiers were killed on March 10, 1971 in what became known as the honeytrap killings.

Brothers John McCaig and Joseph McCaig, along with Dougald McCaughey of the Royal Highland Fusiliers were killed by the IRA on a remote road at Whitebrae after being lured there by republican women from a city centre bar.

A third McCaig brother had been due to join the soldiers on their evening out, however was instead called on to do guard duty at their base in Girdwood Barracks.They were the fourth, fifth and sixth soldiers to be killed during the Troubles and the first to be killed off duty.

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