Lyra McKee: New IRA releases ‘full and honest apologies’ statement over killing

Lyra McKee: New IRA releases ‘full and honest apologies’ statement over killing

Dissident republican group the New IRA admitted on Tuesday responsibility for killing Northern Irish journalist Lyra McKee during rioting in the city of Londonderry last week, in a statement to The Irish News.

McKee's death, which followed a large vehicle bomb in Londonderry in January that police also blamed on the New IRA, sparked outrage in the British-run province and raised fears that small marginalized militant groups are trying to exploit political tensions caused by Britain's decision to leave the European Union.

In a statement provided to the Irish News, using what the paper described as "a recognised codeword", the dissident republican organisation offered "full and honest apologies" to her family and friends.

The "New IRA" statement said: "In the course of attacking the enemy Lyra McKee was tragically killed while standing beside enemy forces".

In the wake of her death, police said they believed the New IRA were responsible for the killing.

Police arrested two men on Saturday in connection with the shooting.

McKee's friend, Irish writer and journalist Susan McKay, described McKee as "a lovely young woman, brimful of life, love and creativity", in an article in The Guardian.

The New IRA, which formed in 2012, accused police of provoking rioting that preceded the gun attack in which McKee died.

Several republican groups have opposed Northern Ireland's peace process which culminated in the 1998 Good Friday agreement, ending decades of violent conflict.

The death of Ms McKee has caused widespread outrage amongst political and community leaders and sparked SDLP leader Colum Eastwood to call for talks between the Northern Ireland parties to restore the government in Stormont. More than 140 people have contacted us via our MIPP with messages, including mobile phone footage.

"There is a sense that what happened to Lyra marked a sea change and I want people to have the confidence to come forward and help us". In a statement given to The Irish News using a recognised code word, the terror group says it has informed its members to "take the utmost care in future when engaging the enemy" after Miss Mckee was hit by a stray bullet.

Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy said the investigation to find her killer is continuing at a "rapid pace".

"I just need to speak to people to understand what they know". She also had recently signed a contract to write two books. PHOTO: TONY GAVIN Heart-broken: Lyra McKee's partner Sara Canning, at a vigil in Derry yesterday.

Meanwhile, a 57-year-old woman was arrested under the Terrorism Act in connection with the murder of McKee, the Police Service of Northern Ireland announced Tuesday on Twitter. Canning said the senseless murder "has left me without the love of my life, the woman I was planning to grow old with".

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