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Woman, 57, arrested over murder of journalist Lyra McKee | UK News

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A 57-year-old woman has been arrested in Derry in connection with the murder of journalist Lyra McKee.

The woman was arrested under the terrorism act and has been taken to Musgrave Serious Crime Suite, the police service of Northern Ireland said.

It comes after the so-called New IRA admitted responsibility for Ms McKee’s death. She died after she was shot in the head on the Creggan estate on 18 April.

In a statement given to The Irish News using a recognised code word, the self-styled New IRA said: “On Thursday night following an incursion on the Creggan by heavily armed British crown forces which provoked rioting, the IRA deployed our volunteers to engage.

“We have instructed our volunteers to take the utmost care in future when engaging the enemy, and put in place measures to help ensure this.

“In the course of attacking the enemy Lyra McKee was tragically killed while standing beside enemy forces.

“The IRA offer our full and sincere apologies to the partner, family and friends of Lyra McKee for her death.”

Trouble began as officers carried out a search operation aimed at disrupting dissident republicans ahead of commemorations of Irish independence.

The New IRA is an amalgam of armed groups opposed to the peace process, and recently claimed responsibility for parcel bombs sent to London and Glasgow in March.

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