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Man Arrested Over Murder Of Queer Journalist Lyra McKee

A 27-year-old man has been arrested in connection to the murder of Northern Irish journalist Lyra McKee, the Police Service of Northern Ireland has confirmed. 

The man has been transferred to Musgrave police station in Belfast where he is being questioned under Section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

McKee was shot dead in April 2019, while standing near a police vehicle observing a riot. She was hit by a bullet fired towards officers and died in the hospital. 

The New IRA claimed responsibility for the murder. McKee was at the time due to publish a book investigating the IRA killing of MP Robert Bradford in 1981. 

As ‘Independent’ reports, last month police found the handgun used to kill Ms McKee, an Hammerli X-Esse .22 pistol which was discovered during searches in the Ballymagroarty area of Derry.

McKee was also a prominent gay rights activist and campaigned for greater equality for same-sex couples in Northern Ireland.

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