Journalist Lyra McKee has been shot dead as she covered riots in Northern Ireland

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A Journalist who was covering disturbances in Londonderry has been shot dead in what police have declared an act of terror.

Journalist Lyra McKee who was aged just 29 was shot dead as she covered the disturbances in Londonderry.

Police believe the new IRA, described as a dissident republican group was, was most likely behind the reporter’s murder.

Trouble flared on Thursday night when officers attempted to carry out a search operation aimed at disrupting dissident republicans ahead of this weekend’s commemoration of Irish Independence.

The Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton said: “This murder demonstrates all too starkly that when terrorists bring violence and guns into the community, members of the public are placed in severe danger. It is abundantly clear that they do not care who they harm.

During the trouble, more police believe more than 50 petrol bombs have been thrown at officers with two cars hijacked and set on fire.

Within another incident, a gunman fired a number of shots at police one of those shots hit the journalist Ms Mckee in the head.

The incident is being treated as a terror incident.