Two men charged over murder of journalist Lyra McKee in Northern Ireland

Two men have been charged with the murder of 29-year-old journalist Lyra McKee, who was shot dead in Derry in 2019.

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.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said that 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 this morning.

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

Ms McKee was shot dead as she observed rioting in the Creggan area of the city.

She was standing near a police vehicle when she was hit by a bullet fired by a masked gunman toward officers.

The attack was claimed by the so-called New IRA, which said Ms McKee was caught in the line of fire.

One man, Paul McIntyre, 53, from Kinnego Park in Derry, has already been charged with Ms McKee’s murder.

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