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The Latest: Woman arrested in killing of N Ireland reporter

By The News · 26 of April 2019 02:36:39
AP Photo,, No available, A woman reacts as she stops to pay her respects at the scene Saturday April 20, 2019, in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, where 29-year old journalist Lyra McKee was fatally shot. Police in Northern Ireland on Saturday arrested two teenagers in connection with the fatal shooting of investigative journalist Lyra McKee was shot and killed during rioting Thursday night. (Brian Lawless/PA via AP)

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the killing of a journalist in Northern Ireland (all times local):

8:50 a.m.

The Northern Ireland Police Service says they have arrested a woman under the Terrorism Act in the slaying of journalist Lyra McKee.

The 57-year-old woman was arrested Tuesday under the terrorism act.

An Irish Republican Army splinter group earlier admitted that one of its “volunteers” killed McKee, who was shot dead while reporting on rioting in Londonderry.

In a statement issued Tuesday to the Irish News, the New IRA offered “full and sincere” apologies to McKee’s family and friends.

The group said the 29-year-old journalist was killed during Thursday night’s unrest “while standing beside enemy forces” — a reference to the police.

The IRA and most other militant groups have disarmed since Northern Ireland’s 1998 peace accord. The New IRA has been formed from splinter groups opposed to the peace process.

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7:45 a.m.

An Irish Republican Army splinter group has admitted that one of its “volunteers” killed journalist Lyra McKee, who was shot dead while reporting on rioting in Londonderry.

In a statement issued Tuesday to the Irish News, the New IRA offered “full and sincere” apologies to McKee’s family and friends.

The group said the 29-year-old journalist was killed during Thursday night’s unrest “while standing beside enemy forces” — a reference to the police.

No one has been charged. Two teenagers arrested over the shooting were released without charge on Sunday.

The IRA and most other militant groups have disarmed since Northern Ireland’s 1998 peace accord. The New IRA has been formed from small splinter groups opposed to the peace process and has carried out sporadic bombings and shootings.