Woman shot dead during night of disorder in Derry
Police have confirmed that a 29-year-old woman has been shot dead following a night of disorder in Londonderry on Thursday.
Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton said that police are treating the death as a terrorist incident and have launched a murder enquiry.
A number of shots were fired and petrol bombs thrown at police during a major security operation.
PSNI officers were searching houses in the Creggan area when the disorder broke out.
Footage on social media shows police landrovers being pelted with petrol bombs and other debris.
A van and car were set on fire in the middle of a road.
Police have cordoned off the Fanad Drive area of Creggan.
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
DUP leader Arlene Foster said that news of the death was "heartbreaking" and that it was a "senseless act".
"Those who brought guns onto our streets in the 70s, 80 and 90s were wrong. It is equally wrong in 2019. No one wants to go back," she said.
"My thoughts are also with the brave officers who stood in defence of their community."
Sinn Fein deputy leader Michelle O'Neill described the murder as an "attack on all of the community".
"The murder of this young woman is a human tragedy for her family, but it is also an attack on all of this community, an attack on our peace process and an attack on the Good Friday Agreement," she said.
"I unreservedly condemn those responsible for killing this young woman."
SDLP Foyle MLA Mark H Durkan said he was "heartbroken and angry at the senseless loss of a young life".
"Violence only creates victims, that's all it ever has done," he said.
"The thoughts and prayers of the city are with the young woman's family and friends, may she rest in peace."
Large crowd has gathered in Creggan #Derry tonight as a major security operation is being carried out in n Mulroy Gardens. Petrol bombs have been thrown at the end of the street pic.twitter.com/4bUkkAe0zq— Leona O'Neill (@LeonaONeill1) April 18, 2019
Massive security operation happening in Mulroy Gardens in Creggan #Derry tonight. A house search is being conducted. Army Technical Officers are also at the scene although the area is not cordoned off pic.twitter.com/DpDkqAkgt0— Leona O'Neill (@LeonaONeill1) April 18, 2019
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