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Home of innocent woman targeted in gun attack

An innocent mother and daughter were left terrified in their south Dublin home when two thugs fired shots at the property with a handgun.

Zhyan Sharif (57) and her daughter Zana (24), neither of whom is involved in crime, were in the house at Glencarrig Drive, Firhouse, when it was sprayed with gunfire at 10pm on Tuesday.

A hoax pipe bomb was also left on a wall outside the house, resulting in the army bomb disposal unit being called to the scene.

The two gunmen were joined by another man before the trio jumped a wall and escaped in a white van.

A dangerous Tallaght drugs gang is suspected of being behind the attack, in which no one was injured.

When contacted yesterday, Ms Sharif — an Iraqi Kurd who has lived in Ireland since 1988 and has been deeply involved in trying to improve the quality of life for the small Kurdish community in Ireland — said she did not wish to the comment on the incident.


Gardai are not treating it as a racist attack.

“The occupants of the house have no involvement in crime, and gardai from Rathfarnham are investigating,” a source said.

In February 2009, Dublin District Court ordered gardai to return more than €3,000 they seized from Ms Sharif, believing it was her son’s “drug money”.

Investigating gardai believed Ms Sharif’s son, Rowen Sharif, was involved in the sale of drugs and that the cash was the proceeds of drug dealing, the court heard.

But Judge William Early said he had no better evidence than the woman’s as to who owned the money and ordered its return. Ms Sharif had asked the judge to return the money, while gardai wanted it to be forfeited to the State under the Police Property Act.

Dublin District Court heard officers searched the house at Rushbrook Court, Templeogue, with a warrant under the Misuse of Drugs Act in September 2008.

They found €3,020 in Mr Sharif’s bedroom.