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Horror to Londonderry-shots: a Shocking and senseless

After the fatal shooting of a journalist in Northern Ireland, Londonderry, politicians react in horror. The fear of a renewed Flare up of the conflict is great.

The BBC showed the pictures of the violent riots in Londonderry: Burning cars are shown, and armored police vehicles. "I heard the shots," says the journalist Leona O'neill. She's hiding behind a wall. "I saw a police car, next to a woman."

It is one of your colleagues, as it turned out later. She was caught in the line of fire. The police think it was an act of terrorism.

The investigators suspect that the New IRA - a splinter group of the Irish Republican underground organization, the IRA.

investigation for murder

It will be determined for the murder, said the Deputy head of the Northern Ireland police Mark Hamilton and describes the events:

"Yesterday, at eleven o'clock in the evening, has fired an armed man in the direction of the police. A young woman, Lyra McKee, 29 years old, was injured, she was taken to the hospital, unfortunately she died."

According to the police, around 50 Molotov cocktails were thrown against the security forces. Two vehicles were burned. It is not the first incident. Already in January, in front of a court building was detonated in Londonderry, a bomb, no one was hurt.

The British Prime Minister, Theresa May, condemned on Twitter the violence. The death of the young woman was shocking and pointless. She was a courageous journalist.

According to British media, the journalist should have reported a lot about the Northern Ireland conflict and its consequences. The party boss of the Northern Irish DUP's Arlene Foster called on the population to assist the police in the investigation.

"violence, crime and terrorism always wrong, and it is wrong today, in the year 2019," she said. "We condemn from the bottom of my heart."

A policewoman flowers, and the scene of the crime: a young journalist died.

"These people have all of us attacked"

Also the Vice-Head of the Irish Republican party Sinn Fein, Michelle O'neill, responded promptly.

"The people that carried out this attack have no place in this society," she says. "These people have attacked us all, you have attacked the people of Derry, the peace process and the good Friday agreement."

On good Friday, 21 years ago, the peace agreement was signed and the conflict in Northern Ireland ended. In the British province, had, for decades, Irish Catholic nationalists and Protestant loyalists fought.

In the civil war, more than 3500 people were killed. In view of the planned Brexit is concern that old wounds could reopen again. A hard customs border is to be avoided.

One Dead in riots in Northern Ireland
Anne Demmer, ARD London
19.04.2019 19:14 PM

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