A 29-year-old female journalist was killed during riots in Derry, Northern Ireland, on Thursday night in what police are treating as a “terrorist incident.”
According to reports, violence broke out following police searches in Derry’s Creggan district, with petrol bombs thrown at police Land Rovers.
The Police Service of Northern Ireland on Friday identified the victim as journalist Lyra McKee, an editor at Mediagazer based in Belfast who covered the lasting effects of decades of violence in Northern Ireland. McKee was considered a “rising star of investigative journalism,” according to an announcement of her book deal with publisher Faber, and was named one of Forbes’ 30 under 30 in media in Europe in 2016.
Police are treating the killing as a “terrorist incident” and have launched a murder inquiry, according to Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton. The Police Service of Northern Ireland said it believes the attack was carried out by “violent dissident republicans” and confirmed the primary line of inquiry involves the New IRA, which it said “is most likely to be behind this.”