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Four arrested in relation to Lyra McKee murder investigation

The PSNI have arrested four men in relation to the murder of journalist Lyra McKee, who was shot dead in 2019 during a riot.

The 29-year-old was seen as one of Northern Ireland’s most promising young journalists.

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She died on the 18th of April 2019 after being shot while observing rioting in the Creegan area of Derry.

The New IRA claimed responsibility for her death, stating that the gunman had been aiming for police and apologised as a result.

Her death sparked nationwide outrage and encouraged rallying that called for nationalists and unionists to build on the spirit of the 1998 Good Friday agreement.

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The four men, aged 19, 20, 21 and 33 were arrested under the Terrorism Act 2006 this morning and are currently being detained at Musgrave Police Station in Belfast.

One of the men ‘Paul McIntyre’ has already been charged with the murder of Lyra McKee, a charge to which he denies.

Another man was charged with rioting and other offences related to the night of the shooting.

Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy stated, “These arrests are the culmination of a detailed two-year investigation into Lyra’s murder and the events which preceded it. The local community have supported the Police Service of Northern Ireland throughout the course of this protracted investigation and I wish to thank them for their continued support.”

IMAGE – Lyra McKee (via Twitter)

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