Police have confirmed that the death of a journalist during riots in Northern Ireland last Thursday night is being considered as a “terrorist incident.”
A journalist who was identified as Lyra McKee was shot and killed last Thursday in Creggan, a heavily Catholic area of Londonderry. She was 29 years old. Her death happened during a night of unrest in the Northern Irish city. Today, police said that the “New IRA,” a dissident republican group, was likely responsible for her death.
Mark Hamilton, the assistant chief constable, stated: “We believe this to be a terrorist act.”
He added: “We believe it has been carried out by violent dissident republicans.”
Hamilton said that a number of shots were fired at police, as well as some petrol bombs.
In a statement that was released last Friday, Theresa May, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, stated: “The death of Lyra McKee in last night’s suspected terrorist incident in Londonderry is shocking and truly senseless. My deepest condolences go to her family, friends and colleagues. She was a journalist who died doing her job with great courage.”
Leo Varadkar, the Prime Minister of Ireland, also condemned the attack in a statement.
Varadkar stated: “The Government condemns in the strongest possible terms the fatal shooting of journalist and writer Lyra McKee in Derry. We are all full of sadness after last night’s events. We cannot allow those who want to propagate violence, fear, and hate to drag us back to the past.”
McKee was considered as an internationally recognized journalist who had appeared on Forbes 30 under 30 list in media in 2016. She was originally from Belfast and was known for her coverage of the Northern Irish conflict. Recently, she had signed a deal to publish two books.
The first book was entitled “The Lost Boys.” It was about the Troubles and a group of young boys who went missing in Belfast. It was supposedly set to be released next year.
McKee first earned prominence for a 2014 blog post that is called Letter To My 14-Year-Old Self, where she wrote about growing up gay in Belfast.