April 19, 2019 7:38 am
Updated: April 19, 2019 8:18 pm

‘New IRA’ blamed for fatal shooting of journalist in Northern Ireland riot

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Police in Northern Ireland said Friday they are searching for multiple suspects in the fatal shooting of a journalist during overnight rioting in the city of Londonderry.

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The Police Service of Northern Ireland said 29-year-old journalist and author Lyra McKee was shot and killed, probably by a stray bullet, during rioting in the city’s Creggan neighborhood. It said the dissident group, the New IRA, was most likely responsible.

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Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton said a gunman fired a number of shots at police during the unrest Thursday evening.

“We believe this to be a terrorist act,” Hamilton said. “We believe it has been carried out by violent dissident republicans.”

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