At least one person was killed and several others were wounded in violent clashes between protesters and police in Londonderry (Northern Ireland) on Thursday evening (local time), April 18. Officials confirmed that a bystander was fatally shot after protesters opened fire and threw petrol bombs at security forces in the Creggan area late Thursday. Authorities indicate they are treating the death as a terrorist incident.
A heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions are expected near any demonstrations. Further clashes between police and protesters are possible over the coming hours and days.
Violent protests broke out on April 18 in Londonderry following reports of police raids in the Mulroy Gardens and Galliagh areas earlier in the day.
Individuals in Londonderry are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests due to the risk of violence, budget extra time to reach their destinations if traveling through areas affected by demonstrations, and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities.
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