"Major Investigation Team detectives have arrested two men, aged 18 and 19 under the Terrorism Act, in connection with the murder of Lyra McKee in the Creggan area of Derry on Thursday, 18th April," the PSNI stated officially on its Twitter account
Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) officials stated Saturday that the Major Investigation Team assigned to the murder case of Lyra McKee, have made a breakthrough and arrested two male suspects.
"Major Investigation Team detectives have arrested two men, aged 18 and 19 under the Terrorism Act, in connection with the murder of Lyra McKee in the Creggan area of Derry on Thursday, 18th April," the PSNI stated officially on its Twitter account.
The 29-year-old journalist, Lyra Mckee, was murdered Thursday in the city of Derry, during riots in the evening. She was standing near a police car when an armed person shot at her. She was taken then to a near hospital where she died from her wounds.
The two teenagers "have been taken to Musgrave Serious Crime Suite," the police statement added. The institution has been asking for collaboration and information related to the case, releasing footage of the event. Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy of the Major Investigation Team & Derry City, and Strabane District Commander Alan Hutton both asked for help from the public in a press conference.
McKee, who was named Sky News Young Journalist of the Year in 2006, was writing a book on the disappearance of young people during the three decades of sectarianism in Northern Ireland that largely ended with the 1998 peace deal. She had also written about her struggles growing up gay in the British province. The death of McKee, described by her publisher Faber as a rising star of investigative journalism, was condemned by both Irish Catholic nationalists and pro-British Protestant unionist politicians.
The journalist was covering riots that were sparked after security forces raided the Creggan zone before Easter weekend, a time of year when people opposed to the British presence in Northern Ireland usually protest in commemoration of the 1916 uprising against the British rule.