Year Old Journalist Shot Dead During Violence In Derry

A car burns in the Creggan area. Credit Leona O'Neill

A car burns in the Creggan area. Credit Leona O'Neill

"We believe this to be a terrorist act, we believe it's been carried out by violent dissident republicans".

"Therefore we have now launched a murder inquiry here in the city".

The Police Service of Northern Ireland wrote on Twitter: 'Police are appealing for calm after a number of shots have been fired and petrol bombs thrown in the Creggan area of Derry.

Police in Northern Ireland have launched a terrorism investigation after a 29-year-old woman was shot dead during rioting in the city of Londonderry.

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton confirmed the woman's death, saying it had followed shots being fired.

The unrest comes ahead of the Easter weekend where republicans mark the anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising, a time when dissidents are traditionally active.

Some groups still oppose the peace process, 21 years after the Good Friday Agreement was struck between the British and Irish governments and most political parties in Northern Ireland.

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Some 3,500 people were killed in the conflict - many at the hands of the Irish Republican Army (IRA).

"My first thoughts and that of my party are with the family of the woman killed".

Many fear that Britain's departure from the European Union will mean the reintroduction of border posts on the frontier between Northern Ireland, part of the United Kingdom, and the Republic of Ireland, an European Union member.

Ms McKee (29) rose to prominence in 2014 after a blog post called "Letter to my 14-year-old self" in which she spoke about the struggle of growing up gay in Belfast.

She added: "Those who brought guns onto our streets in the 70s, 80s and 90s were wrong".

The attack was also condemned by Sinn Fein.

"No one wants to go back".

While leader of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) Robin Swann said news of the death was "devastating". "My thoughts are also with the courageous officers who stood in defence of their community", she tweeted.

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