Northern Irish police arrest 2 over killing of journalist

Published: Apr. 20, 2019 at 12:50 PM PDT
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Police in Northern Ireland say they have arrested two teenagers in connection with the fatal shooting of a journalist during rioting in the city of Londonderry.

The men, aged 18 and 19, were detained under anti-terrorism legislation, the Police Service of Northern Ireland said Saturday. No further information was immediately given.

Lyra McKee, 29, a rising star of investigative journalism, was shot and killed, probably by a stray bullet, during rioting Thursday night. Police said the New IRA dissident group was most likely responsible and called it a "terrorist act."

McKee rose to prominence in 2014 with a moving blog post - "Letter to my 14 year old self" - describing the struggle of growing up gay in Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland. She recently signed a book deal.

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