The families of some Omagh bomb victims have decided not to attend a ceremony next week to mark the 10th anniversary of the atrocity.

Many relatives of those who died in the 1998 attack are angry at the way Omagh District Council has organised the official anniversary event planned for next week.

They are also unhappy at how the council handled the contentious issue of the wording for new memorials erected at the bomb site on the town’s Market Street and at a nearby garden of remembrance.

It is understood the families of at least ten of the 29 victims of the bombing will not attend the service next Friday.

Instead the relatives, the majority of whom belong to the Omagh Support and Self Help Group, are holding their own memorial event on Sunday.

Kevin Skelton, who lost his wife Philomena, said he would have no part of the council event.

‘There's a whole range of issues I've got problems with,’ he said.

‘The whole wording issue and some of the politicians that are going to be there - I think they have (the council) have made a real mess of it altogether.

‘They certainly didn't consult with us about the event.’

Members of the support group had demanded the retention of a phrase engraved on an original tribute stone, which has since been removed from the garden of remembrance, stating that the victims were ‘murdered by a dissident republican terrorist car bomb.’

The council appointed an independent fact-finding team to try and resolve the issue and councillors unanimously accepted its recommendation to use the phrase on the walls of the garden of remembrance, but not on the glass obelisk at the bomb site.

Sinn Féin councillor and chairperson of Omagh council Martin McColgan said it was a pity some families had decided not to attend.

However, he defended the council’s approach to the memorial issue. ‘I would love to see everyone there on Friday,’ Mr McColgan said.

‘As a council we have tried to do our best to mark the anniversary.’

‘I realise it's a sensitive time and different people will react differently.

'But I can't legislate for how some families are going to react, that is their prerogative.’

Ten years on from the bomb, those responsible have not been caught, with police on both sides of the border having been heavily criticised for their handling of the investigation.