By politics.co.uk staff
Media reports indicate that an upcoming report will rule the Bloody Sunday killings were unlawful, but the government has branded them "speculation".
The report, due out on Tuesday, will say some of the 13 killings that took place on January 30th 1972 were unlawful, the Guardian reported this morning.
A spokesperson for the Northern Ireland Office said: "The report will be published in a few days and everyone can read it then.
"The people directly affected by all of this - the families of those killed and injured, and the soldiers - have waited a long time for this report, and speculation of this kind only adds to the stress and anxiety that they must all feel."
The inquiry has taken 12 years to complete.