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Four arrested over killing of Northern Ireland journalist

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The service sheet for the funeral service of murdered journalist Lyra McKee in St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast, Northern Ireland, 24 April 2019. Lyra McKee was shot dead while observing rioting in Londonderry (Derry) on 18 April 2019.

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Northern Irish police arrested four men as part of an investigation into the murder of 29-year-old journalist Lyra McKee.
The men were arrested over the shooting in April that was claimed by Irish nationalist fighters opposed to the Good Friday peace deal that was signed in 1998. The agreement ended a political conflict in Northern Ireland that had been ongoing since the 1960s.
The New IRA, a group that opposes the deal, said one of its members shot McKee dead while she was watching a riot in Londonderry when they opened fire in the direction of police. The 52-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday, and is due to appear in court on Thursday.
“I have always believed that some people within the community know what happened and who was involved,” said Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy in a statement after the arrests.
The Police Service of Northern Ireland said the man was also charged with possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and professing to be a member of a proscribed organization.
McKee was writing a book on the disappearance of young people during the violence in Northern Ireland that largely ended with the 1998 deal.

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