Northern Ireland police release teenagers arrested after journalist killing

Journalist Lyra McKee is seen in this undated handout picture released by the Police Service of Northern Ireland. (Reuters)

Police in Northern Ireland on Sunday released without charge two teenagers arrested in relation to the killing of a journalist during a riot in Londonderry.

Lyra McKee, 29, an award-winning journalist who was writing a book on the disappearance of young people during decades of violence in Northern Ireland, was shot dead on Thursday as she watched Irish nationalist youths attack police following a raid.

“Two males, aged 18 and 19 ... have been released without charge,” the Police Service of Northern Ireland said in a statement.

Police said the New IRA dissident group was most likely responsible and called it a “terrorist act.”

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton said earlier that a gunman fired a number of shots at police during the unrest. Police on Friday night released closed-circuit TV footage showing the man suspected of firing the shots that killed McKee.

The killing reminded many of the decades of violence that plagued Northern Ireland before the 1998 Good Friday peace agreement. It was condemned by all the major political parties as well as the prime ministers of Britain and Ireland.

(With The Associated Press)

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