N Ireland police arrest two over murder of journalist
Two men have been arrested in connection with the killing of Northern Irish journalist Lyra McKee during a riot in Londonderry on April 18, police said, as politicians in the divided British region united to condemn the attack.
McKee, an award-winning 29-year-old journalist who was writing a book on the disappearance of young people during decades of violence in Northern Ireland, was shot dead as she watched Irish nationalist youths attack police following a raid.
Northern Ireland's political parties, which are broadly split between Irish nationalists aspiring to unite the British region with Ireland and unionists who want it to remain British, united to condemn the attack.
In a joint statement, six parties said they were "united in rejecting those responsible for this heinous crime."
Politicians around the world condemned the attack, with former U.S. President Bill Clinton saying he was "heartbroken."
"We cannot let go of the last 21 years of hard-won peace and progress," Clinton, a key player in the 1998 Good Friday Agreement peace accord, said on Twitter.
The 1998 deal largely ended three decades of violence in the region, in which over 3,600 died, but several smaller militant groups remain active and launch occasional attacks.
Police said they believed the shooting was likely carried out by the small New IRA group of "dissident" Irish nationalist militants opposed to the Good Friday deal. The group was blamed by police for planting a car bomb outside a courthouse in Londonderry in January.