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15th Mar 2022

Five men arrested in connection with Lyra McKee murder investigation

Hugh Carr

McKee was murdered during a riot in the Creggan area of Derry in 2019.

Five men have been arrested on Tuesday morning (15 March) in connection with the murder of Lyra McKee.

The journalist was fatally shot during rioting in the Creggan area of Derry in April 2019.

Two men have previously been formally charged with the murder, which was quickly condemned as a “senseless act of violence”.

The two men were also charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger life, riot, possession of petrol bombs, throwing petrol bombs and arson.

One of those two men charged with the murder, a 33-year-old man, had also been charged with robbery.

A third man, aged 20, had been charged with riot, possession of petrol bombs and throwing petrol bombs.

Dissident group the New IRA later claimed responsibility for the shooting.

The five men arrested today, a 20 year old, two 21 year olds, a 41 and 54 year old were taken in under the Terrorism Act.

The men have since been taken to the Serious Crime Suite at Musgrave Police Station in Belfast, where they will be interviewed.