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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Dissident terror gang are behind shooting of dad (25)

MURDER squad detectives are today hunting a dissident terrorist gang behind the murder of a 25-year-old man.

Andy Allen was gunned down at his home at Links View in Buncrana, Co Donegal, last night by up to three gunmen from Republican Action Against Drugs.

Mr Allen had been ordered out of his native Derry a few weeks ago amid claims he was selling cocaine to children in the city.

The shadowy group behind the hit started out in Derry three years ago and has since set up a wing in Newry, in Co Down.

They have carried out a number of punishment attacks in Co Donegal in the past 18 months and even blew up a so-called 'head shop' in Letterkenny a year ago.

Gardai fear the terror group could win support in inner city Dublin where the IRA has disbanded due to the peace process.

"There is little sympathy for drug dealers outside their family and friends and this is a very populist organisation," said one source. "So far it's been confined to Derry, Donegal, Newry and Strabane but there are former IRA members who would support them in many other areas."

There is anger today in Derry and Donegal over the murder of Mr Allen.

"He was a decent fella who had his problems like lots of people," said one friend on Facebook. "It would be outrageous to forget he was a dad who loved his kids so much. These dissidents should not be judge and jury."

Another wrote: "I want to say that Andy was a good guy and these scum had no right to shoot him down like a dog.

"Who do they think they are? They are a bunch of cowards."

Political leaders on both sides of the border condemned the murder.

Padraig MacLochlainn, the Sinn Fein TD, lives close to the murder scene.

He said: "The community in Buncrana is shocked and horrified that a man has been shot in our town. Our thoughts are with the victim's family at this extremely difficult time."

Mr MacLochlainn appealed to anyone with information to come forward.

"Anyone who was in the Lisfannon area last night and may have any information -- no matter how small it may seem -- should come forward and contact the gardai immediately."

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