A 29-year-old woman was shot dead in the Creggan area of Derry last night.

She was hit in the head by one of four shots fired by a masked gunman in the Fanad Drive area.

The woman was among onlookers in an area where there was a hijacking and burning of a van and a car.

She has been named as Lyra McKee (pictured above), a freelance journalist from the Ardoyne area of Belfast.

She was rushed to Altnagelvin Hospital in a police land rover but was pronounced dead a short time later.

The trouble broke out as police were carrying out a search of a house in the nearby Mulroy Gardens area.

This morning the PSNI released a statement condemning the "terrorist incident", and confirmed a murder investigation was launched.

Assistant Chief Constable for District Policing, Mark Hamilton  appealed for no further violence over the Easter weekend.

He said: “Lyra McKee was murdered during orchestrated violence in Creggan last night."

Over 50 petrol bombs were thrown during the incident.

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