Two teens arrested over killing of journalist in Northern Ireland


Londonderry/Derry, Northern Ireland (CNN)Northern Ireland police have arrested two teens in connection with the murder of 29-year old investigative journalist Lyra McKee, police said Saturday.

The men, elderly 18 and 19, have been arrested under the terrorism act, the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) tweeted. They have been taken to a police station in central Belfast.

McKee, a dominant freelance writer who wrote for publications including The Atlantic and Buzzfeed News, has been murdered in the Creggan area of Londonderry, also called Derry, on Thursday night in what authorities described as a”terrorist incident.”

The PSNI released CCTV footage of the shooting at the expectation the members of the populace would offer advice to aid the investigation to McKee’s murder.

    The footage seemingly catches Mckee’s closing minutes at around 10 p.m. local time (5p ET) on Thursday, when she stood among a crowd and increased her phone from the air to capture the rioting taking place in front of her.

    McKee was standing near to a police car when she had been wounded by the shots fired by a single gunman. Friday, she died soon after from her injuries, assistant chief constable Mark Hamilton told reporters.

    Authorities said the shooting was completed by dissident republicans, specifically the New IRA.

    “I cannot stress enough how important it is that individuals who were in the field last night and who recorded video and took photos talk what they have with us,” Northern Ireland Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy explained in a statement on Friday.

    In 2016, Lyra McKee was named as one of Forbes Magazine's 30 under 30.

    “People saw the gunman and individuals watched those that goaded young folks out onto the roads, people know who they are. To what happened last 7, the answers lie inside the community. I am asking folks to do the right item for Lyra McKee, for her loved ones and for town… help us prevent this insanity.”

    ‘Single barbaric act’

    McKee, who was born in Belfast, is the first journalist to be killed in the United Kingdom because 2001, according to nonprofit company the Committee to Protect Journalists.

    Throughout a vigil on Friday, her spouse, Sara Canning, said McKee’s”amazing potential was snuffed out with this barbaric act”

    “Victims and LGBTQIA community have been left with no tireless advocate and activist also it’s left me with no love of my own life, the girl I was intending to grow old with,” she added.

    My friend Lyra McKee lost her life seeking the truth

    “This cannot stand. Lyra’s death shouldn’t be in vain because her life has been a shining light in everybody’s life and her legacy will live on \also the life that she has left behind.”

    In a rare joint appearance Friday, Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Arlene Foster and Irish republican Sinn Fein party boss Mary Lou McDonald condemned the killing.

    Thursday night’s violence arrived before Easter weekend, during which a republicans indicate the anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising, considered among the most important events in the struggle for Irish independence from Britain.

    Trouble flared when police entered the Creggan place in Londonderry to execute searches among dissident republicans who were storing firearms and explosives for any number of planned attacks over Easter weekend, authorities said in a statement.

    Since the hunts started, a crowd gathered and”upwards of 50 gas bombs were thrown by officials,” the statement said. Two vehicles have been hijacked and set on fire, ” it added.

    Flowers and tributes are left near the spot where Lyra McKee was shot on Thursday night.

    A recent spate of unrest in Northern Ireland has increased fears that sectarian violence could be restored amid continuing concerns over the ramifications of Brexit.

    Back in January, a car bomb had been detonated in Londonderry at a suspected attack by the New IRA.

      Many fear that Britain’s departure from the European Union will mean the reintroduction of border posts on the frontier between Northern Ireland, a part of the UK, and the Republic of Ireland, a European Union member.

      Border infrastructure was often targeted by Irish republican paramilitaries during the”Troubles,” that the decades-long sectarian conflict in which over 3,500 individuals died.

      Nic Robertson and Peter Taggart reported in Northern Ireland. Tara John reported and wrote from London.


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