Two teens held after killing of N. Irish journalist

A car burns in the Creggan area. Credit Leona O'Neill

During the disturbances, more than 50 petrol bombs were thrown at police and two cars were hijacked and set ablaze. The assistant chief constable, Mark Hamilton, from the Police Service of Northern Ireland, said a murder inquiry had been launched after her death.

Hours before her death, she tweeted a photo of the rioting with the words: "Derry tonight".

Saoradh, a political party with links to dissident militants, released a statement claiming a "Republican volunteer" shot Ms McKee while attempting to "defend people" from the PSNI.

Police have blamed the anti-peace process New IRA for the killing shots that were aimed at their officers in the Creggan estate.

"Our hopes and dreams, and all of her incredible potential, was snuffed out by a single barbaric act".

In a statement to the EDP, he added: "The violence in Londonderry, and the murder of young journalist Lyra McKee, is a reminder of the fragility of the hard won peace in N Ireland".

Officials in Derry, Northern Ireland, have confirmed that a journalist was shot and killed in crossfire during a riot on Thursday evening.

I am asking people to do the right thing for Lyra McKee, for her family and for the city of Derry/Londonderry and help us stop this madness.

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A journalist was shot dead during riots in Northern Ireland in what police on Friday were treating as a terrorist incident following the latest upsurge in violence to shake the troubled region.

McKee had written for The Atlantic magazine and Buzzfeed News and was named by Forbes Magazine in 2016 as one of their "30 under 30" outstanding figures, according to her literary agent Janklow & Nesbit. "We believe that dissident republicans have a number of attacks planned and we assess it is likely that these would have been used over the Easter period", Hamilton said.

"I called an ambulance for her but police put her in the back of their vehicle and rushed her to hospital where she died". In 2018, Derry was also the scene of violent protests sparked by a July 12 parade by members of the Orange Order, who are Protestants.

British Prime Minister Theresa May described the attack as "shocking and truly senseless".

"It was an outrageous act and I want on behalf of all of the people of Ireland to express our deepest sympathy to her partner Sara and her family and friends, and all of those who will have worked with her".

Visiting U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined in a minute's silence, saying it was "especially poignant" on Good Friday.

The group is also blamed for a Londonderry auto bombing that did not cause any injuries in January.

"Those who brought guns onto our streets in the 70s, 80s and 90s were wrong", Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Arlene Foster said on Twitter. "No one wants to go back".

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