Incident Summary:

04/18/2019: An assailant opened fire on police officers in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. Lyra McKee, a journalist, was killed in the assault. The New Irish Republican Army claimed responsibility for the incident.



United Kingdom

Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

Northern Ireland


Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Creggan area of the city.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Journalists & Media
Name of Entity Media Gazer
Specific Description Lyra McKee
Nationality of Target Northern Ireland
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI)
Specific Description Officers
Nationality of Target Northern Ireland
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
A Hammerli X-Esse .22-caliber pistol was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
The New Irish Republican Army Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Journalist shot dead during Derry rioting," BBC, April 19, 2019.
"London - Woman shot dead in N.Ireland in 'terrorist incident'," AFP (North European Service), April 19, 2019.
"Northern Ireland police identify gun used in Lyra McKee's murder; PSNI says tests show weapon found in Derry last weekend was used in reporter's killing," The Guardian (London), June 11, 2020.