23/04/2019

Woman Arrested Over Lyra McKee Murder

A 57-year-old woman has been arrested by detectives investigating the murder of Lyra McKee.

The journalist, aged 29, was shot dead during a night of rioting in L'Derry on Thursday evening, 18 April.

The PSNI's Major Investigation Team made the arrest this morning, 23 April, under the Terrorism Act. The woman has been taken to Musgrave Serious Crime Suite for questioning.
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It comes as the New IRA, who were behind the night of unrest, released a statement to the Irish News apologising for Lyra's murder. It read: "On Thursday night following an incursion on the Creggan by heavily armed British crown forces which provoked rioting, the IRA deployed our volunteers to engage.

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

"In the course of attacking the enemy Lyra McKee was tragically killed while standing beside enemy forces.

"The IRA offer our full and sincere apologies to the partner, family and friends of Lyra McKee for her death."



(JG/CM)

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