A female journalist aged 29 was shot dead while covering a live riot in Londonderry last night (18th April 2019) in a suspected dissident republican terrorist attack.
The 29-year-old woman from Belfast is said to have been hit by a stray bullet after a gunman opened fire at about 11 pm.
CAPTION: 29-Year-Old Female Journalist Killed in a Terrorist Attack in Londonderry
Friends of the reporter confirmed her death, however, it's unclear this morning whether the woman's family had been informed.
One close friend said,
The loss her friends feel is unquantifiable. Unfathomable. She is utterly irreplaceable.
Police said the reporter died in what they call a terrorist incident.
Dissident republican terrorists are prime suspects behind the attack, according to BBC.
The 29-year-old had headed to Creggan district after riots erupted in the area following police raids on a couple of homes.
Ten minutes prior to her death, she posted a photo of the scene describing the riot as 'madness'.
Several vehicles were hijacked and set alight before the gunshots were heard.
Another reporter, Leona O'Neill, reported being next to the 29-year-old journalist who was hit.
I was standing beside this young woman when she fell beside a police Land Rover tonight in Creggan #Derry. I called an ambulance for her but police put her in the back of their vehicle and rushed her to hospital where she died. Just 29 years old. Sick to my stomach tonight pic.twitter.com/F0GHHd3HPz
— Leona O'Neill (@LeonaONeill1) April 18, 2019
I was standing beside this young woman when she fell beside a police Land Rover tonight in Creggan.
I called an ambulance for her but police put her in the back of their vehicle and rushed her to hospital where she died. Just 29 years old. Sick to my stomach tonight.
Emmet Doyle, a local political candidate said,
A masked figure stopped at the bottom of the road and fired shots up towards the Land Rovers. We all turned and ran, I stopped beside the Land Rover nearer the top of the street and a girl beside me dropped to the ground.
The unrest comes ahead of the 1916 Easter Rising, a time when dissidents are traditionally active.