Lyra McKee murder – Cops release image of suspect wanted over death of journalist in ‘New IRA’ killing


COPS have released an image of a suspect wanted over the Lyra McKee’s death in the “New IRA” killing.

Chilling footage shows three men – one said to have been carrying a crate of petrol bombs – walking across Central Drive just a minute before the killing.

Police have released footage of the suspected gunman
Cops are appealing for witnesses to come forward after releasing footage taken minutes before Lyra McKee’s death
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Speaking about the main suspect pictured on the night of Lyra’s murder, Mr Murphy said: “He is shorter than both of the other men and is of stocky build.

“It is of my belief that he is the gunman that fired indiscriminately into the crowd and placed the community and police officers at risk.

“I believe he is the person who took the life of Lyra McKee.”

Lyra, a 29-year-old investigative journalist, was shot in the head in what officers are treating as a “terrorist incident”, amid disturbances in the Creggan estate in Londonderry on Thursday, April 18.

The reporter, who was covering the unrest, died later in hospital.

PSNI Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy told reporters about the footage: “People saw this young man and his associates.

“I think people in the community know who they are and I’m asking them today to come forward to help us.”

Dissident republican group the New IRA have admitted responsibility for her murder.

Using a recognised code word, the group offered “full and sincere apologies” to Ms McKee’s family and friends.

“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,” the group said.

The New IRA is an amalgam of armed groups opposed to the peace process and it recently claimed responsibility for parcel bombs sent to London and Glasgow in March.

Anyone with any information, or who witnessed the murder, is urged to contact the police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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