Journalist shot killed in Londonderry, Police blames ‘New IRA’

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A journalist has been shot dead during rioting in Londonderry that police are treating as a “terrorist incident”, BBC News

Dissident republicans are being blamed for killing 29-year-old Lyra McKee during rioting after police searches in Derry’s Creggan area on Thursday night.

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton said the New IRA “are likely to be the ones behind this” and detectives have started a murder inquiry, reported BBC news.

Prime Minister Theresa May said the murder was “shocking and senseless”.

Ms McKee was a journalist who “died doing her job with great courage”, added Mrs May.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland said that a gunman fired shots towards police at about 23:00 BST on Thursday.

Mobile phone footage taken by a bystander during Thursday night’s rioting appears to show a masked gunman crouching down on the street and opening fire with a handgun.

Ms McKee, who was standing near a police 4×4 vehicle, was wounded, said BBC report.

“She was taken away from the scene in a police Land Rover to Altnagelvin Hospital but unfortunately she has died,” said Mr Hamilton.