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22 May, Wednesday

Irish police arrest two teenagers over killing of reporter McKee

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Detectives arrest two men, aged 18 and 19, under the Terrorism Act over the killing of Lyra McKee, police says.

Northern Ireland police said that two men have been arrested over the killing of journalist Lyra McKee in the city of Londonderry, also known as Derry, on Thursday.

"Major Investigation Team detectives have arrested two men, aged 18 and 19 under the Terrorism Act, in connection with the murder of Lyra McKee in the Creggan area of Derry on Thursday, 18th April," the police tweeted on Saturday morning.

"They have been taken to Musgrave Serious Crime Suite," it added.

The 29-year-old was shot dead during an evening riot while standing near a police van as a gunman opened fire.

The riot broke out after security forces raided the Creggan area in search of firearms before Easter weekend, when republicans opposed to the British presence in Northern Ireland commemorate the 1916 Easter uprising against British rule.

A crowd of about 100 people, including journalists, had gathered at the scene, where young people had been throwing petrol bombs at police and where they had set two vehicles on fire.

The police opened an investigation into the killing and said dissident republicans calling themselves "the New IRA" were likely responsible.

The group rejects the 1998 Good Friday peace deal, which largely brought an end to decades of sectarian bloodshed.

Saoradh (or "Liberation" in the Irish Gaelic language), which is an unregistered party formed by Irish republicans seen as the political wing of the so-called "New IRA," said in a statement that McKee was "killed accidentally" by a "Republican volunteer".


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