April 21, 2019 / 8:01 PM / a month ago

Northern Ireland police release teenagers arrested after journalist killing

Journalist Lyra McKee poses for a portrait outside the Sunflower Pub on Union Street in Belfast, Northern Ireland May 19, 2017. Jess Lowe Photography/Handout via REUTERS

BELFAST (Reuters) - Police in Northern Ireland on Sunday released without charge two teenagers arrested in relation to the killing of a journalist during a riot in Londonderry.

Lyra McKee, 29, an award-winning journalist who was writing a book on the disappearance of young people during decades of violence in Northern Ireland, was shot dead on Thursday as she watched Irish nationalist youths attack police following a raid.

“Two males, aged 18 and 19 ... have been released without charge,” the Police Service of Northern Ireland said in a statement.

Reporting by Conor Humphries; editing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise

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