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Saturday 24 August 2019

Maguire feud thugs hit wrong home in petrol bomb horror

Firebomb attack last Thursday
Firebomb attack last Thursday

Innocent occupants of a house firebombed in a case of mistaken identity have been treated for smoke inhalation.

The incident in Drogheda, Co Louth yesterday, was the third firebomb attack in a week in the town, as feuding gangsters continue to cause mayhem.

Foot soldiers of the Owen Maguire faction are being investigated for the attack, which left an innocent woman and other occupants of the house traumatised.

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At around 1.30am, the property in Rathmullen Park was hit by a petrol bomb while a number of people were inside.

No serious injuries were reported and the fire was extinguished before emergency services arrived.

Some damage was caused to the front living room. Investigating officers believe the attack was ordered by associates of Owen Maguire.

"Gardai believe the gang was planning to target another house in that estate but the idiots involved got the wrong house," a senior source told the Herald.

"There is another property nearby, where an occupant of that house is alleged to owe money to the Maguire faction."

Last week, two houses were targeted minutes apart just hours after a 24-year-old gang boss survived an attempt on his life in the Elmwood estate.

At 11.30pm last Thursday a house was petrol bombed in the Moneymore estate, causing extensive damage.

"They were lucky to get out. One of the neighbours ran over with a fire extinguisher and put out the fire in the hall. The family were cowering there," said one local man.

The glass in the front door was smashed, and it appeared petrol had been poured into the living room. The second house, targeted 10 minutes later, was vacant at the time of the attack.

Its roof collapsed, and neighbours had to smash the windows in a car in the driveway to move it because there were concerns it might catch fire.

In the early hours of Sunday morning, a car was burnt out in St Laurence's Park in Drogheda.

Tensions have been high since last Thursday when a 24-year-old gangster, considered the leader of the anti-Maguire faction, was targeted.

Shots were fired when a car pulled up behind the vehicle he was driving when it pulled into the Elmwood Close estate.

The criminal walked out of hospital after less than three hours after suffering wounds to his chin and shoulder.

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