Lyra McKee's Murder

The New IRA Claims Responsibility For Lyra McKee’s Killing

Elaine Stenson
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The New IRA has claimed responsibility for the killing of Lyra McKee.

The 29-year-old journalist was shot dead while covering riots in Derry on Thursday night.

In a statement given to the Irish News using a recognised code word, the New IRA has offered its ‘full and sincere apologies’ to Lyra’s partner, family and friends.

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The dissident republican group says she was tragically killed in the course of attacking the enemy.

They say their volunteers were “deployed to engage” after police raided a number of homes on the Creggan estate on Thursday.

In the violence that followed, Lyra McKee was shot while standing beside a police van and later died.

The PSNI say that since then, over 140 people have come forward with information – and that the investigation to find her killer is continuing at a rapid pace.

Lyra’s funeral takes place in Belfast tomorrow.