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Friday 20 September 2019

Gardai lift gang leader after home firebombed in suspected mob attack

The house on Westway View
The house on Westway View

A young criminal leading a mob involved in the Corduff feud has been arrested after a house was firebombed.

Two people were lucky to escape from the property in Westway View, Blanchardstown, after it was targeted on Saturday morning.

A suspected petrol bomb was thrown through a window, causing serious damage.

A number of men were seen fleeing.

Gardai believe the attack is linked to a continuing turf war in the area between two local gangs.

On Sunday afternoon, gardai arrested two men as part of the investigation.

One, a 22-year-old, is suspected of leading the mob feuding with former associates of the Westies outfit.

He previously survived an attempt on his life when shots were fired at him as he went to collect a young relative from Riversdale Community College near Corduff.

The other, aged 25, is said to be a close associate of the suspected mob leader.

A number of searches were also carried out by gardai as part of their investigation into the firebomb attack.

Injury

Considerable damage was caused to the property and gardai believe the occupants were lucky to escape serious injury.

"Both men were arrested on Sunday afternoon in Blanchardstown and detained at Blanchardstown Garda Station," a garda spokesperson said.

"Gardai carried out a number of subsequent searches in connection with this investigation."

The two men were later released without charge and a file was yesterday being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

The home targeted is said to belong to innocent people connected to a young man caught up in the trouble.

The incident is the latest linked to the feud, which has seen a spate of shootings and punishment beatings.

Last month, the home of an associate of a drug dealer known as Mr Flashy was shot at twice.

The attacks - more than two weeks apart in Finglas - prompted a considerable armed garda response.

Officers have so far met with a wall of silence.

In both cases, those around at the time of the shootings would not co-operate with investigating officers.

Sawn-off shotguns, loaded pistols and a crossbow have been seized in recent weeks as gardai try to clamp down on the gangs.

Gardai have also stepped up armed patrols in the area over recent months.

More than 30 people have been linked to the violence.

A number have also been officially warned of threats to their lives.

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