A 29-years-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, believed to be a freelance journalist from the Belfast area, was among onlookers following the hijacking and burning of a van and a car.

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.

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