It was the tragic climax of the riots and protests last week in the Northern Irish city of Londonderry. The 29-year-old journalist Lyra McKee is killed by a shot to the head. You stand in the vicinity of police vehicles, as the bullet hit you. Later, the militant Catholic-nationalist group known to be tort “New IRA” to the killing, as the newspaper “The Irish Times” reported. In the claim of responsibility says: “In the course of the attack on the enemy, Lyra McKee, was killed, tragically, while she was standing next to the enemy forces.” They wanted to apologise to the Partner of the victim, the family and friends sincerely.

The investigator designated the act as murder and called on the population to help, to find the perpetrators. A little later it came to an arrest: A 57-year-old woman was arrested in connection with the fact, the police announced in Northern Ireland. Two men who were previously detained, let you free again. Allegations against them had not been charged, police said. In the case of the riots, more than 50 IEDs on police officers were in the vicinity of the crime scene thrown. Background of the anniversary of the Easter uprising of 1916.

New IRA admits to killing of journalist Lyra McKee

AFP – “New IRA” wants a United Ireland

The “New IRA” was formed from a merger of a vigilante by the name of RAAD and the “Real IRA”, which members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) had called, were dissatisfied with the then, in 1997, achieved a truce. The “New IRA” was founded by the BBC show that between 2011 and 2012. The “New IRA” is aiming for a United Ireland. It is thus the Protestants of British descent, who want Northern Ireland to remain under British control. You to accept the peace-the end of the good Friday agreement of 1998

Particularly in Derry, the second largest city in Northern Ireland, have the New IRA many supporters, because of the predominantly Catholic population of the government of the British province feel discriminated against, told Kieran McConaghy from the center for terrorism research at the University of St. Andrews. Also in the North of Belfast and on the border with Ireland, members of the group live.

“New IRA” responsible for multiple attacks

The murder of Lyra McKee is not the only fact, which goes to the account of the terrorists. So the “New IRA known” in March, also letter bombs, appeared in London and Glasgow. Also for the Explosion of a car bomb in Londonderry in January, she was responsible. In addition, the “New IRA” was behind a number of attacks on British soldiers, prison guards and police officers.

Northern Ireland is rich in contrast to the Republic of Ireland, a part of the United Kingdom. The population is deeply divided in Protestants, who feel rather the UK moved here and Catholics see themselves as Irish. Many residential areas are either Catholic or Protestant, often separated by a meter-high walls or fences. The IRA, a precursor to the “New IRA”, conducted between 1968 and 1998, civil war against Protestant paramilitaries, the police and the British military and perpetrated a number of attacks. Approximately 3700 people were in time killed, 50,000 people suffered injuries and hundreds of thousands were traumatized.

lately, the tensions in Northern Ireland rose again. It is feared that there could be outbreaks of new violence, when because of a planned Brexit back border controls between Northern Ireland and the Republic are to be introduced. Still para to enter military groups in Northern Ireland as a state within a state. In order to compensate for dwindling donations, they control the drug trade.

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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.

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