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Londonderry riots: Journalist Lyra McKee shot dead in 'terrorist incident'

Londonderry riots: Journalist Lyra McKee shot dead in 'terrorist incident'

The trouble comes after the announcement on Monday that "Soldier B" will be prosecuted for the murder of 15-year-old Daniel Hegarty in the Creggan area in July 1972.

Police blamed the New IRA for McKee's murder and a for bomb attack at the Derry City Courthouse previous year.

Leona O'Neill, a journalist for the Belfast Telegraph who was at the scene, said she called the ambulance for Ms McKee after she was shot.

On Twitter, her friends described her as an "exceptional journalist", their "mentor" and a "huge talent".

"We can not allow this society to be dragged back by those who have nothing to offer but murder and mayhem".

Some 3500 people were killed in the conflict - many at the hands of the Irish Republican Army (IRA).

He added: "Our assessment at this time is that the New IRA are most likely to be the ones behind this and that forms our primary line of enquiry".

He said: "Lyra McKee was murdered during orchestrated violence in Creggan last night".

She was rushed to Altnagelvin Hospital in a police land rover but was pronounced dead a short time later. Just 29 years old.

Not long before her murder, McKee tweeted a photo of the riots with the caption "Derry tonight".

"They've shot someone up there", a male voice says on another clip, which has not been verified but appears to have been taken in the vicinity of Fanad Drive in the Creggan estate.

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"My heart goes out to the family of the young woman shot dead by so-called dissidents", she wrote on Twitter. This is a senseless loss of life.

Speaking in Dublin, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said the people of Ireland and Northern Ireland had chosen peace and cooperation on Good Friday 21 years ago and will not be "dragged into the past" by political violence. It is heartbreaking but life affirming.and leaves me wishing I'd had the chance to meet this courageous young woman.

"Those people who carried out this attack have no place in society, they do not have any support, they have attacked all of us".

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was in Londonderry earlier this week, stressing her message to all sides that the turmoil of Brexit should never undermine the protections offered by the US -brokered Good Friday Agreement.

Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Arlene Foster said: "When people come out with guns to shoot people from their own community, then we have to say enough is enough". "These acts of violence are bringing nothing to this city, all they are doing is bringing misery to one family, but also particularly to this city and also to our broader province".

"It is equally wrong in 2019".

Matthew Hughes tweeted: "She was one of my closest friends".

While leader of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) Robin Swann said news of the death was "devastating".

"We can not allow those who want to propagate violence, fear and hate to drag us back to the past".

There were about 100 people in the area, including "young people and members of the media", when the unknown shooter fired into a crowd of people, police said.

They are appealing to anyone with information to contact police.


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