During murder investigations, last weekend, the Northern Ireland police officers discovered a gun which they believe was used to kill Lyra McKee.
The 29-year-old journalist was gunned down last year during riots in Derry. Following forensic tests on a Hammerli X-Esse pistol which was identified, the Police Service of Northern Ireland confirmed that it was the gun that was used to kill the journalist.
It is believed that the anti-peace process dissident republican group the New IRA was responsible for the firing city`s Creggan area which killed journalist McKee.
The Police Service of Northern Ireland said that apart from the discovery of the pistol they identified a fully primed bomb which they suspected was meant to kill police officers. They also identified alongside with the bomb, a command wire for triggering bombs and a quantity of ammunition.
The senior investigating officer on the case, Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy said: “I can confirm that a gun that was seized and recovered by police last week in Derry was the gun that killed Lyra McKee.”
“Those shots were fired intentionally towards police Land Rovers, placing many officers at significant risk of death or serious injury.“The presence of bystanders like Lyra, who were watching the unfolding events, was an inconvenience to the terrorists but the gunman clearly placed no importance on that.”
“Lyra’s murder was not an accident – it was an inevitable and entirely predictable result of terrorist violence,” he added
Sarah Canning, the partner of Lyra McKee and the journalist`s family have been informed about the discovery which the PSNI made.