(LONDONDERRY, N.I.) LATEST: Two men aged 18 & 19 have been arrested in connection with the killing of N.I. journalist Lyra McKee during a riot on Thursday, police said that is believed to be a terrorist attack and maybe connected to her writing a book on disappearance of young people during decades of violence and maybe connected #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Apr.20: Two men have been arrested in connection with the shooting dead of journalist Lyra McKee during a riot in Londonderry, the Police Service of Northern Ireland announced on Saturday BBC News reported: https://bbc.in/2ZjZkJT “Major Investigation Team detectives have arrested two men, aged 18 and 19 under the Terrorism Act, in connection with the murder,” the Police Service of Northern Ireland said in a statement: McKee, an award-winning 29-year-old journalist who was writing a book on the disappearance of young people during decades of violence in Northern Ireland, was shot dead as she watched Irish nationalist youths attack police following a raid: “Major Investigation Team detectives have arrested two men, aged 18 and 19 under the Terrorism Act, in connection with the murder,” the Police Service of Northern Ireland said in a statement.

PSNI Report: “Major Investigation Team detectives have arrested two men, aged 18 and 19 under the Terrorism Act, in connection with the murder of Lyra McKee in the Creggan area of Derry on Thursday, 18th April: They have been taken to Musgrave Serious Crime Suite.” https://twitter.com/psnidcsdistrict/status/1119494759700160512?s=21

Northern Ireland’s political parties, which are broadly split between Irish nationalists aspiring to unite the British region with Ireland and unionists who want it to remain British, united to condemn the attack: In a joint statement, six parties said they were “united in rejecting those responsible for this heinous crime.”

Hundreds gathered in cities across Northern Ireland on Friday to hold vigils for McKee, who was also known as an activist for lesbian and gay rights:

“We cannot let go of the last 21 years of hard-won peace and progress,” Clinton, a key player in the 1998 Good Friday Agreement peace accord, said on Twitter: The 1998 deal largely ended three decades of violence in the region, in which over 3,600 died, but several smaller militant groups remain active and launch occasional attacks.

Police said they believed the shooting was likely carried out by the small New IRA group of “dissident” Irish nationalist militants opposed to the Good Friday deal: The group was blamed by police for planting a car bomb outside a courthouse in Londonderry in January: Police said Thursday’s rioting began after a raid aimed at preventing attacks during Easter weekend:

Saoradh, a political party with links to dissident militants, said in a statement on Friday that it understood McKee was killed accidentally by a “Republican volunteer.” McKee was watching with a crowd of bystanders as local youths attacked police with petrol bombs and set cars on fire, video footage showed. Police said McKee was hit when a gunman opened fire in the direction of police.

#AceNewsDesk report …………..Published: April.20: Reporting by Conor Humphries and Amanda Ferguson; Editing by Toby Chopra

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