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Northern Irish police arrested a New Irish Republican Army “volunteer” Tuesday on terrorism charges after the IRA splinter group admitted she killed a journalist on April 18.
The Northern Ireland Police Service announced the arrest of the 57-year-old woman in connection with the shooting of journalist Lyra McKee at a confrontation between police and pro-New IRA protesters Thursday evening.
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“In the course of attacking the enemy Lyra McKee was tragically killed while standing beside enemy forces,” the New IRA’s statement read, according to The Irish Times. “The IRA offer our full and sincere apologies to the partner, family and friends of Lyra McKee for her death.”
“On Thursday night, following an incursion on the Creggan by heavily armed British crown forces which provoked rioting, the IRA deployed our volunteers to engage,” the statement added. “We have instructed our volunteers to take the utmost care in future when engaging the enemy, and put in place measures to help ensure this.”
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Police believe the woman who fired a gun during the rioting on April 18 had the New IRA’s support in doing so. While the IRA has officially disarmed since the 1998 peace accord known as the Good Friday Agreement, the New IRA rejects the agreement.
The rioting began when police initiated a search for dissidents and weapons in Londonderry’s Creggan neighborhood. Upon their arrival, New IRA...
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