Boy, 15, among four arrested after Lyra McKee killed in 'New IRA' violence

A 15-year-old boy was one of the four suspects arrested by cops investigating the murder of journalist Lyra Mckee.

The men and teenager were arrested this morning over the Derry riots on April 18 which saw the fatal shooting of the 29-year-old writer.

The Police Service of Northern said the suspects aged 15, 18, 38 and 51 were arrested under terror laws.

Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy said: “As part of this morning’s operation detectives carried out searches at four houses in the city and arrested four people in connection with the violence which was orchestrated on the streets of Creggan on the evening of Lyra McKee’s murder.

"I want to thank the public for the widespread support we have received to date, including more than 140 people who have provided images, footage and other details via our dedicated Major Incident Public Portal.

"I still want to hear from anyone who can tell us anything they know. I would urge anyone who has any information to contact my team of detectives on 101.

"Alternatively, if you would prefer to provide information without giving your details, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

The suspects are being questioned by detectives in Belfast.

Ms McKee, 29, was shot dead as she stood next to a police vehicle after masked dissident Republican thugs opened fire at police in the Creggan area of the city.

She posted a haunting tweet just four minutes before she was shot with a picture of the burning city captioned: "Derry tonight. Absolute madness."

More than 50 petrol bombs were thrown at police and two cars hijacked and set on fire.

Footage uploaded on Twitter also alleged to show the harrowing moment the fatal shot was fired.

In the video, two gunshots ring out before distant screams of, "Help! Help!" are heard.

Following her tragic death the New IRA claimed responsibility for the killing and apologised to Lyra's partner, family and friends.

Speaking to Channel 4 News, Lyra's devastated partner Sara Canning said her killers were "no better than paedophiles."

She said: "You can't just apologise for killing someone you can't call it an accidental shooting, you fire a gun at a crowd, it's not an accidental shooting, you're aiming to shoot someone.

"They're not defending anyone, they're literally a scourge on their communities. What I would say is, and this might be heavy handed and people might speak out against it or whatever but I don't really care, they are grooming young men and women, they speak out about paedophile gangs, they're no better than paedophiles."

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