A 29 years old journalist named as Lyra Mckee who covered the news of the riots in Northern Ireland, was shot dead. According to the description of the police, the shooting incident happened during the last night turmoil in Londonderry – as a “terrorist act”. Detectives have told the New IRA, a rebel republican group, was involved with the murder of the journalist.
Meanwhile, Republican group Saoradh published a statement saying a “Republican Volunteer” shot Ms. McKee while making a crucial effort to “defend people” from the PSNI.
It included, “ tragically a young journalist covering the events, Lyra McKee, was killed accidentally while standing behind armed Crown Force personnel and armored vehicles.”
Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton said, “ This murder demonstrates all too starkly that when terrorists bring violence and guns into the community, members of the public are placed in severe danger. It is abundantly clear that they do not care who they harm.
“This is a horrendous act, it is unnecessary, it is uncalled for, it’s totally unjustified”.
He also added, “ This is a horrendous act, it is unnecessary, it is uncalled for, it’s totally unjustified.
“But not only is it murder of a young woman, but it is also an attack again on the people of this city.”Trouble broke out on Thursday night as officers carried out a search operation aimed at disrupting dissident republicans ahead of this weekend’s commemoration of Irish independence.”
During the turmoil, almost 50 petrol bombs were thrown at the officers, as well as two cars were snatched and set on fire. The shooter fired a number of shots at police, one of which hit Ms. McKee in the head.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May said: “The death of Lyra McKee in last night’s suspected terrorist incident in Londonderry is shocking and truly senseless.
She also added, “ My deepest condolences go to her family, friends, and colleagues. She was a journalist who died doing her job with great courage.”
Robin Swann, leader of the Ulster Unionist Party, said the death news was “devastating”.
He also tweeted: “A precious life lost, we can’t go back to this nor can we allow others to drag us back.”