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JUST IN: Two men charged with murder of Lyra McKee

Detectives from the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s Major Investigation Team have charged two men with the murder of 29-year-old journalist Lyra McKee.

Lyra was shot dead by terrorists in Derry/Londonderry on 18 April

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The pair, aged 21 and 33, have also been charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger life, riot, possession of petrol bombs, throwing petrol bombs and arson. The 33-year-old has also been charged with robbery.

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A third man, aged 20, has been charged with riot, possession of petrol bombs and throwing petrol bombs.

All three are expected to appear before Londonderry Magistrates’ Court via video link tomorrow morning, Friday 17 September.

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A 19-year-old man also arrested during the same operation has been released pending a report to the Public Prosecution Service.

Following the latest development, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Brandon Lewis said: “The tragic murder of Lyra McKee was a reminder that a small minority of individuals continue to seek to cause harm to communities.

“This was an utterly senseless and shocking crime, and I applaud the continued work of the PSNI to bring those responsible to justice.

“The fact that serious charges have been brought forward, which includes two individuals being charged with Lyra’s murder, is to be strongly welcomed and is testimony to that hard work.

“I would like to thank the PSNI and security partners for their dedication to keeping the people of Nl safe.

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