The PSNI has confirmed that two men, aged 18 and 19, have been arrested over the killing of journalist Lyra McKee on Thursday night.
29-year-old Lyra was shot during rioting in the Creggan area of Derry and later died at Altnagelvin Hospital after being brought there by police.
This morning, the PSNI stated that the two arrested men were being detained under the terrorism act.
Major Investigation Team detectives have arrested two men, aged 18 and 19 under the Terrorism Act, in connection with the murder of Lyra McKee in the Creggan area of Derry on Thursday, 18th April.
They have been taken to Musgrave Serious Crime Suite.
— PSNI DC&S District (@PSNIDCSDistrict) April 20, 2019
Since Lyra’s passing, political leaders at home and abroad have condemned the act, with former U.S. President Bill Clinton posting that he was ‘heartbroken’ at the news but urged people not to let go of peace.
Heartbroken by the murder of Lyra McKee and the violence in Derry. The challenges in NI today are real–but we cannot let go of the last 21 years of hard-won peace and progress. This tragedy is a reminder of how much everyone has to lose if we do.
— Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) April 19, 2019
Yesterday, a vigil held at the site of Lyra’s killing was attended by the DUP’s Arlene Foster, Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald and other political leaders from across Northern Ireland.