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Apr 20, 2019 | 15:01 GMT

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U.K.: Northern Irish Police Arrest 2 Men in Shooting Death of Journalist

What Happened: Police in Northern Ireland have arrested two men in connection with the fatal shooting of a journalist during a riot in Londonderry on April 18, Reuters reported April 20.

Why It Matters: The shooting death of Lyra McKee raised fears that small, marginalized militant groups are trying to exploit political tensions caused by the United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union. A no-deal Brexit could lead to the reintroduction of a "hard border" between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and undermine the 1998 Good Friday peace deal.

Background: Northern Ireland's political parties are broadly split between Irish nationalists who want to unite with Ireland and unionists who want to remain British. Police believe McKee's shooting was likely carried out by members of the New Irish Republican Army, a small group of nationalist militants opposed to the peace deal. Police also blamed the group for planting a car bomb outside a courthouse in Londonderry in January.

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