Published: Fri, April 19, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Shots fired and petrol bombs thrown in Creggan disturbance

Earlier on Thursday, before the murder, police and rioters clashed after a home was searched in the area.

It was not immediately clear who had fired the shots that killed the woman, but a leading republican politician blamed "so-called dissidents".

A woman has died in a "terrorist incident" in a suburb of the Northern Ireland city of Londonderry, police say.

Mobs took to the streets and hurled petrol bombs at police vans, which exploded into flames - setting the street alight.

"I unreservedly condemn those responsible for killing this young woman".

"We are treating this as a terrorist incident and we have launched a murder enquiry".

Rioting in Derry (also Londonderry) has turned parts of the city into a war zone on Thursday night, with Molotov cocktails and various other objects being thrown at police by masked protesters. Just 29 years old. "Sick to my stomach tonight", the reporter said.

The leaders of Northern Ireland's two largest political parties, the Irish nationalist Sinn Fein party and pro-British Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), both condemned the killing. "No one wants to go back", she wrote on Twitter.

The unrest comes ahead of the Easter weekend where republicans mark the anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising, a time when dissidents are traditionally active.

A photograph of a Catholic priest waving a bloodstained handkerchief as he tried to help 17-year-old victim Jackie Duddy to safety became a defining image of the incident. "PSNI and members of the public being put in danger by unrepresentative thugs intent on destroying communities", he tweeted.

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