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Northern Ireland: Two arrests after the death of journalist Lyra McKee

The North Irish police announced Saturday the arrest of two men aged 18 and 19 in the investigation into the death of journalist Lyra McKee, shot dead in the night from Thursday to Friday following riots in Londonderry , Derry for the Catholics of Northern Ireland and Eire, whose city is nearby.

The two men are detained under anti-terrorism legislation and were taken to a police station in Belfast for questioning, the Northern Ireland Police (PSNI) said.

The 29-year-old journalist's violent death has rekindled the wounds of the past, twenty-one years after the signing of the Good Friday peace agreement, and worried about the future in Northern Ireland.

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According to Deputy Chief Commissioner of the North Irish Police Mark Hamilton, Lyra McKee was killed by a man who opened fire on police officers in the Creggan neighborhood, where about 50 incendiary devices were thrown against the police and two burned vehicles.

The journalist died at the hospital as a result of her injuries, he added, blaming "Violent Republican dissidents" and "Most likely the New IRA", dissident group of the historic Irish Republican Army.

Located on the border with the Republic of Ireland, Londonderry – called Derry by Republicans who refuse to join Britain – is infamous for the "Bloody Sunday" of January 30, 1972. British soldiers opened fire on participants in a peaceful march, killing 14 people at the height of the "Troubles", which left some 3,500 dead in three decades.




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