Lyra McKee: New IRA claims responsibility for journalist’s murder

Lyra McKee

Police forensic officers at the scene in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, Friday April 19, 2019, following the death of 29-year-old journalist Lyra McKee who was shot and killed during overnight rioting.

The organization, which opposes Northern Ireland's 1998 peace deal, described McKee's death as tragic and offered "full and honest apologies" to her partner, family and friends in a statement the Irish News said it received on Monday night that used a recognized code.

The group said the 29-year-old journalist was killed during Thursday night's unrest "while standing beside enemy forces" - a reference to the police.

McKee's death, which followed a large auto bomb in Londonderry in January that police also blamed on the New IRA, sparked outrage in the British-run province and raised fears that small marginalized militant groups are trying to exploit political tensions caused by Britain's decision to leave the European Union.

In the statement, the group, which formed in 2012 as an offshoot to the Irish Republican Army, claimed "volunteers" were deployed after British forces "provoked rioting".

"We have instructed our volunteers to take the utmost care in the future when engaging the enemy and put in place measures to help ensure this".

Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy said: "We have received very positive support from the community but we need to convert this support into tangible evidence that will enable us to bring Lyra's killers to justice".

President Michael D Higgins will be among those attending the funeral for murdered journalist Lyra McKee.

"Many witnesses have contacted us to give us information that has been provided to them".

The Police Service of Northern Ireland said the woman is being held under the Terrorism Act. Please, come forward and have a conversation with me.

A vehicle burns after petrol bombs were thrown at police in Creggan, Londonderry, in Northern Ireland, April 18, 2019. I know there will be some people who know what happened but are scared to come forward.

Her killing has been widely condemned across the political spectrum.

"They have encouraged it, they have moulded these young people into what they are and they are standing behind them handing them guns".

Colum Eastwood said that Sinn Féin and the DUP had a responsibility to take the "poison out of politics" to find a solution to the political stalemate. "I want to reassure you that we will work with you sensitively", he said.

"They have shirked it so far by saying it was an accidental shooting".

Politicians, academics and police have warned that any new border posts may well become targets for dissident groups - much like they were back in the violent "Troubles" era.



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