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A woman was arrested under the Terrorism Act in connection with the murder of the journalist Lyra McKee in Northern Ireland as a para-military group responsible for the attack issued a statement apologizing for the killing.
The authorities in Northern Ireland say that the 57-year-old woman was arrested on Tuesday. Their identity remains unknown.
McKee, of the killed journalist, was killed by gunfire last week during a riot in the city of Londonderry in Northern Ireland.
In this undated family photo provided Friday, April 19, 2019, issued by Northern Ireland, police, shows, journalist Lyra McKee who was shot and killed when the guns were fired in clashes with the police on Thursday evening, April 18, 2019, in Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
(Family photo/PSNI, via AP)
JOURNALIST SHOT DEAD IN NORTHERN IRELAND RIOTS, POLICE CALL IT A ‘TERRORIST ACT’ BY THE NEW IRA GROUP
The police called the incident a “terrorist act” and suggested that the group calling itself the New IRA, a splinter group of the Irish Republican army was behind the attack.
“We believe that this is said to be a terrorist act,” Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton. “We believe that it was carried out, by violent dissident Republicans.”
Last week, two teenagers were arrested under the anti-terrorism act, but they were released shortly to climb as the authorities, the exact perpetrators of the murder.
The New IRA admitted on Tuesday in a letter that one of your “volunteers” killed by the journalists during the riots in the city, according to the Irish News.
A GROUP CALLING ITSELF THE IRA CLAIMED RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE LETTER BOMBS IN THE UK
“The IRA offer our full and sincere apology to the partner, the family and friends of Lyra McKee, for her death,” the letter, which also accused the police of deliberately “provoking” the riots.
“The IRA offer our full and sincere apology to the partner, the family and friends of Lyra McKee, for her death.”
— The New IRA
“In the night on Friday after a slump in the Creggan of heavily armed British crown forces provoked riots, and the IRA, our volunteers used to engage,” it added.
The letter added that McKee was killed “while standing next to the enemy forces”, which refers to police forces. The authorities suspect that it was a stray bullet hits the woman.
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The New IRA is a small group of Republicans, the rejection of the 1998 good Friday agreement, the Irish Republican army to embrace, a political solution to the long period of violence known as “The Troubles” that claimed more than 3,700 lives.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.