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    UK's May: Death of Journalist in Shooting in N Ireland 'Shocking, Senseless'

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    LONDON (Sputnik) – The death of journalist Lyra McKee during a night of rioting in Northern Ireland’s city of Londonderry was a "shocking and senseless" tragedy, UK Prime Minister Theresa May said Friday.

    "The death of Lyra McKee in last night's suspected terrorist incident in Londonderry is shocking and truly senseless. My deepest condolences go to her family, friends and colleagues. She was a journalist who died doing her job with great courage," May said via Twitter.

    ​The police of Northern Ireland said that the Irish Republican Army (New IRA), a local republican revolutionary paramilitary organisation, was most likely to be responsible for the attack.

    On Thursday night, the police said that one woman was killed after shots were fired and petrol bombs were thrown in Londonderry, adding that they were treating the shooting as a terrorist incident.

    The New IRA is a nationalist group protesting the 1998 Good Friday Agreement that put an end to the nearly 30-year period of violence and terrorist attacks in Northern Ireland. Over the past few years, the New IRA has carried out several terrorist attacks in the region.

    READ MORE: UK Police Were NOT to Blame For 1974 IRA Pub Bombings Which Killed 21 People

    In particular, on February 22, 2017, its militants attempted to blow up a police car in Londonderry. In the 1970s and 1990s, clashes between local Catholics and Protestants occurred in Northern Ireland, accompanied by terrorist attacks. The attacks also occurred in the 2010s.

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