Extremism: 4 arrested in connection with brutal murder of journalist


Police in Northern Ireland have made four arrests in connection with the April 2019 shooting of 29-year-old journalist Lyra McKee.

McKee was shot dead by dissident republicans in Londonderry as she observed rioting in the Creggan area of the city.

The extremist group that styles itself the New IRA claimed responsibility for the killing.

The men aged 19, 20, 21 and 33 were arrested in the Derry area of Londonderry on Wednesday morning under the Terrorism Act.

They were taken to the Serious Crime Suite at Musgrave Police Station in Belfast for interview.

Police Service of Northern Ireland Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy said: “These arrests are the culmination of a detailed two-year investigation into Lyra’s murder and the events which preceded it.

“The local community has supported the Police Service of Northern Ireland throughout the course of this protracted investigation and I wish to thank them for their continued support and patience whilst this phase of the investigation is ongoing.”

One man, Paul McIntyre, 53, from Kinnego Park in Derry, has already been charged with McKee’s murder.

Another man has been charged with rioting and other offences related to the events of the night in Creggan.

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