The woman is arrested on the basis of anti-terror legislation after the murder of McKee, Northern Ireland police said Tuesday.
The arrest took place after two men aged 18 and 19, who were arrested after the murder, were released on the weekend without being charged.
The New IRA, a breakaway group from the Irish Republican Army (IRA), assumes responsibility for the murder of McKee in Derry’s Thursday morning. They apologize for the death and say it was one of their “volunteers” who shot and killed McKee.
“In an attack on the enemy, Lyra McKee was tragically killed while standing next to the enemy forces,” said a statement the group has given to The Irish News . With the help of passwords, it is confirmed that the message from the New IRA is authentic, reports the DPA.
“IRA regrets the death completely and completely against Lyra McKee’s friends, family and partner,” he said. The group confirms that McKee was not an end in itself, but that they shot at the police, which the group mentions as “heavily armed forces subject to the British crown”. The breakaway group believes the riots were provoked by the British.
“We have given our volunteer instructions to be extremely careful in future skirmishes with the enemy,” says the statement signed by T. O’Neill.
Shot in the head
The 29-year-old journalist died after being shot in the head while she was at work and covered riots in the suburb of Creggan in the town of Derry on Thursday. The police think she was hit by shots from someone shooting at the police. Surveillance video shows an armed man with a black face mask aiming at the police.
The police believed early in the investigation that the New IRA was behind Thursday’s riots, where cars were tainted and fire bombs were thrown by masked men. The new IRA is a breakaway group from the Irish Republican Army (IRA). According to the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, all paramilitary groups were to be disarmed within two years, but it took many years before the IRA declared in 2005 that they would no longer fight with weapons.
Derry, also known as Londonderry, has historically been a focal point of the bloody conflict in Northern Ireland.