In violent riots in the northern Irish town of Londonderry a journalist has been killed with a headshot. The death of the 29-year-old woman in the residential area Creggan on the outskirts was probably a “terrorist incident,” the police said on Friday.
The police started a murder investigation. She suspects that behind the act could be a militant Republican group called the New IRA. “This is not just an attack on a young woman, but against the citizens of this city,” said a senior police officer. At a press conference in the afternoon, the police reported that several people were responsible for the murder of the journalist.
The remote Northern Ireland, in which a civil war raged for decades, belongs to Great Britain. Politicians from both the UK and Ireland condemned the act sharply.
In Creggan, more than 50 incendiary devices were thrown at police officers late on Thursday evening. An unknown person is said to have fired shots, according to eyewitnesses one of the journalist met.
Trigger for the riots could be the annual protest Easter in connection with the Northern Ireland conflict. The new riots came at a time when Irish Catholic nationalists recall the uprising against the British in 1916.
The British Prime Minister Theresa May spoke of a “shocking and truly meaningless” act, journalist Lyra McKee has done her work with great courage.
Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said in Dublin: “We can not allow those who spread violence, fear and hatred to retreat into the past.”