Two Men Charged Over the Murder of Journalist Lyra McKee in Northern Ireland

Police Service Northern Ireland (PSNI) has charged two men on Sept. 16 with the murder of journalist Lyra McKee.

McKee, a 29-year-old who was one of the most promising young journalists in Northern Ireland, was observing rioting in the Creggan estate while standing near a police vehicle in 2019. She was then hit by a bullet fired by a masked gunman.

The so-called New Irish Republican Party claimed to be responsible for the attack and said that McKee was caught in the line of fire.

PSNI said that the pair, aged 21 and 33, have also been charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger life, riot, possession of petrol bombs, throwing petrol bombs, and arson.

PSNI also charged the 33-year-old man with robbery.

PSNI also charged a third man, aged 20, with riot, possession of petrol bombs, and throwing petrol bombs

All three men are expected to appear before the Londonderry Magistrates Court via video link on Sept. 17, according to PSNI.

PSNI added that they released a 19-year-old man, who was arrested during the same operation, pending a report to the Public Prosecution Service.


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