New Delhi: A prominent young journalist was shot dead during rioting in Northern Ireland’s Londonderry that police are treating as a ‘terrorist incident’. “Lyra McKee was murdered during orchestrated violence in Creggan last night,” a news agency quoted Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton’s statement.

“A single gunman fired shots in a residential area of the city and as a result wounded Ms McKee,” said Hamilton, adding that police believed the gunman was a “violent dissident republican. We are treating this as a terrorist incident and we have launched a murder enquiry.”

Journalist Matthew Hughes identified the deceased as one of his friends. “I just received the heartbreaking news that my friend @LyraMcKee was murdered tonight in a terrorist incident in Derry,” he wrote on Twitter.

Leona O’Neill, a reporter with the Belfast Telegraph, said she saw McKee get hurt. “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,” she tweeted.

McKee had written for The Atlantic magazine and Buzzfeed News and was named by Forbes Magazine in 2016 as one of their ’30 under 30′ outstanding figures in media, according to her literary agent Janklow & Nesbit.

(With agency inputs)