Tory MP recalls horror of Northern Ireland pub bombing

'She said "am I going to die?" I said yes. I held her. She died in two minutes. I wept': Emotional Tory MP and ex-officer Bob Stewart relives harrowing moment girl died in his arms after 1982 Ballykelly pub bombing that killed 17 - including 11 soldiers Bob Stewart was incident commander at the scene of Droppin' Well bombing The 1982 bombing resulted in one of the largest death tolls of the Troubles Former colonel recalled the horror of the incident during debate in Commons 

By Jack Maidment, Deputy Political Editor For Mailonline

Published: 18:34 GMT, 11 November 2020 | Updated: 18:42 GMT, 11 November 2020

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The House of Commons listened in hushed silence today as a Tory MP and former British Army officer relived the harrowing moment he cared for a dying girl who was one of the victims of a Northern Ireland pub bombing. 

Former colonel Bob Stewart recounted how he had arrived on the scene of the Droppin' Well bombing as the incident commander on December 6, 1982. 

Speaking during a debate to mark Remembrance Day, an emotional Mr Stewart told how one of the first people he saw was a very badly injured girl who was lying on the ground. 

He said he was 'horrified' at her injuries and he proceeded to kneel down next to her as he tried to comfort her. 

He then told how she had asked him if she was going to die and Mr Stewart said to the silent Commons: 'Forgive me, I said yes.' 

He said: 'I held her and she died within two minutes. I wept. She died in a state of grace.' 

Tory MP and former colonel Bob Stewart today relived the horror of a Northern Ireland pub bombing

Tory MP and former colonel Bob Stewart today relived the horror of a Northern Ireland pub bombing

Tory MP Bob Stewart's glittering career as a war hero 

Bob Stewart, pictured in Bosnia in 1993, led UN peace keeping troops during the war. he joined Parliament as a Tory MP in 2010

Bob Stewart, pictured in Bosnia in 1993, led UN peace keeping troops during the war. he joined Parliament as a Tory MP in 2010

Bob Stewart was a war hero who led troops in Bosnia and Northern Ireland before he joined the House of Commons as a Conservative MP.

After training at Sandhurst he served in Northern Ireland during The Troubles, first as an intelligence officer and then a company commander.

He was the Company commander in charge when 30 people - including 11 soldiers - were killed when the Irish National Liberation Army planted a bomb at a disco in Ballykelly in December 1982.

His glittering military career took him to Bosnia where in 1992 he became the first British commander of UN troops in the country.

During his time in Bosnia he discovered he Ahmici massacre, in which 103 Muslim

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