April 24, 2019 / 8:59 AM / a month ago

British PM May to travel to Belfast for funeral of journalist Lyra McKee

FILE PHOTO: British Prime Minister Theresa May walks outside Downing Street, as she faces a vote on Brexit, in London, Britain March 13, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May will travel to Belfast on Wednesday to attend the funeral of journalist Lyra McKee who was killed last week, May’s office said in a statement.

The 29-year-old reporter was shot dead in Londonderry on Thursday as she watched Irish nationalist youths attack police following a raid. Police said McKee was hit when a gunman opened fire in the direction of officers. The New IRA militant Irish nationalist group has apologized for the killing.

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper, writing by William James, Editing by Kylie MacLellan

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