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Wednesday 22 November 2017

Gang terrorising innocent family in their own home

An innocent Dublin family are being terrorised in their own home after being targeted by a vicious local gang.

Gardai are now mounting extra armed patrols to protect the family, who live in the Cherry Orchard area.

In the latest incident, a crude hoax bomb was placed outside their home late on Thursday night, sparking a major security alert in the area.

An Army bomb disposal team arrived at the property at 12.20am yesterday and spent 90 minutes at the scene before the area was declared safe. "The gang are trying to make life hell for this innocent family -- they have absolutely no involvement in crime," explained a source.

In a far more sinister incident, the gangsters targeted the home with a viable pipe bomb in the early hours of last Sunday.

The crudely constructed device exploded outside the family's home but no one was injured in the incident.

"If anyone had been outside that house at the time that the pipe bomb was thrown at it, we would have been dealing with a fatality," said a source.

It is understood the gangsters involved in the campaign of terror have links to a notorious local drugs gang and are well known to gardai for involvement in local crime.

The pipe bomb that exploded at the house was made of copper pipe and investigations are now under way to establish if the pipe bombs are being manufactured in west Dublin.



expertise

"These bombs are far from sophisticated and most criminal gangs operating now seem to have a much greater level of expertise in terms of the pipe bombs they've been using.

"But at the same time these pipe bombs are capable of causing severe injury and death," a source pointed out.

This year is shaping up to be another bumper year for call-outs for elite Army bomb experts.

Last year, teams were called upon a record 236 times.

In 2007, the Defence Force's team dealt with just 98 call outs -- 18 of them viable devices.

But this number has grown steadily in the past four years.

The large increase over the past year has been linked to the growth of dissident groups and increased gangland activity.

While there has been a massive increase in the number of IEDs being discovered, nobody was seriously injured or killed in bomb blasts in the last year.

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