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Lyra McKee, journalist, shot in violence in Northern Ireland

Dissident Republicans are believed to be responsible for the death of Lyra McKee, 29, who was shot under violent concern in the Creggan area of ​​the city, according to police. Images from the scene showed that cars knocked out when a crowd threw fireworks and petrol bombs at emergency vehicles.

The city – referred to by Irish nationalists as Derry and British union members such as Londonderry – is a short drive from the border with the Republic of Ireland.

McKee stood near a police vehicle when she was injured by a single gun shooting in a residential area. She died shortly after her injuries, said assistant manager Mark Hamilton to reporters on Friday. The police do not know if she was working as a journalist at the time, or was in the city for personal reasons.

During a press conference on Friday, Hamilton McKee described death as "horrendous and unjust" and appealed to calm. At night, he announced that the police treated the shot as a "terrorist accident" and had launched a murder inquiry.

McKee, according to literary agents Janklow & Nesbit UK, was born in Belfast and had written for a number of publications, including The Atlantic and Buzzfeed News.

In 201
6, she was named as one of Forbes Magazine's 30-year-olds in media in Europe.
She is the first journalist to be killed in Britain since 2001, according to non-profit organization, the journalists protection committee.

Hamilton confirmed that the police suspect that the shot was carried out by dissident republicans, namely the new Irish Republican army (IRA).

"Orchestrated Violence"

Thursday's turmoil in Derry comes in advance of the Easter weekend, during which Republicans mark the anniversary of the 1916 Easter rise, considered among the most important dates in the struggle for Irish independence.

Hamilton said the police had been in the area performing searches on "violent dissident republics" as they believed stored firearms and explosives for a number of planned attacks.

They were worried that the weapons could have been used during the Easter weekend in the city.

According to Hamil ton, a crowd gathered shortly after 9 pm (4 pm ET) on Thursday and over 50 petrol bombs were thrown on officers during the "orchestrated violence". Two cars were hijacked and fired on fire, he said.

"The police used no force last night. All violence was directed against us," Hamilton said.

At around 11.00 am (6 pm ET), there were about 100 people in the area, including young people and media members. The shooter kicked a number of shots, Hamilton said.

  The police patrol the scene during Thursday night's violence.

"The gunman pointed to just the gun around the corner, "said Neill. "The amount of smoke there – the fire and the flames come from the police vehicles – he couldn't have seen anything from that street."

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"Her friend turned around and saw her and they began to cry that she had shot. was hysterical ", said" Oh no. "

McKee, who was unconscious, quickly got carried away by the police into the backs of the car and rushed to the hospital, continued Neill.

Neill said the group she was in was "a good distance from where the gas bottles were thrown" and "people thought they were safe." She said the mood changed after McKee was shot with opponents who ruled their anger against the riots and were abused.

"There was a lot of anger on the ground, people shouting at the rioters," she added.

  Flowers and shelves are left near the place where McKee was shot on Thursday night.

Growing worry

A new era of violence in Northern Ireland has caused fear that sectarian violence could be revived. in connection with ongoing concerns about the effects of Brexit.

In January, a car bomb was interrupted in Derry in a suspected New IRA attack.

Many are afraid that Britain's departure from the European Union involves reintroducing border posts on the border between Northern Ireland, part of Britain and Ireland, an EU member.

The border infrastructure was often directed against Irish nationalist paramilitaries under "Troubles" – the 40-year-old sectarian conflict where more than 3,500 people died.

In a statement on Friday morning, British Prime Minister Theresa May said: "Lyra McKee's death in last night's suspected terrorist attack in Londonderry is shocking and really pointless. My deepest compassion goes to her family, friends, and colleagues. She was a journalist who died their job with great courage. "

Ireland's Prime Minister, or Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, condemned McKee's death" in the best possible way "on Twitter and wrote," We are all full of s adness after the evening's events. We cannot allow them who want to spread violence, fear and hate to pull us back to the past. "

Michelle Stanistreet, Secretary General of the National Union of Journalists, said in a statement:" Killing a journalist in these circumstances is deeply shocking. up to this news on Friday morning is disturbing and deeply sad. "

" A bright light has been extinguished and it disappears o ss all in the dark, "added Stanistreet.

  McKee was the first journalist to be killed in the UK since 2001.

Northern Ireland has two main political parties , the Democratic Unionist Party and Sinn Fein. Sinn Feins Mary Lou McDonald offered his compassion to McKee's family in a statement and added, "Her contribution to society stands in stark contrast to those who brutally took their lives."

"The murder of Lyra McKee is an attack on all people in this community, an attack on the peace process and on the Good Friday agreement, McDonald says." It is good for the time for these groups to go to end their actions and sound society move forward with building a peaceful future. "

The Good Friday, oh Belfast, the 1998 agreement was a turning point for the region that ended bloodshed.

Democratic Union Party leader Arlene Foster tweeted:" Heartbreaking news. A meaningless act. A family has been shattered. Those who brought weapons to our streets in the 70s, 80s and 90s were wrong. It is equally wrong in 2019. No one wants to go back. My thoughts are also with the brave officers who stood to defend their communities. "

Correction: This story has been updated to reflect that Janklow & Nesbit is a literary agency.

CNN's Bianca Britton, Jonny Hallam, Sara Mazloumsaki in Atlanta and Peter Taggart in Northern Ireland contributed to this report.

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