Bomb attack on family 'was case of mistaken identity'
Published 30/03/2011 | 05:00
A family targeted in a bomb attack have blamed it on a case of mistaken identity.
Gardai disclosed last night that the family could have been seriously injured when the device exploded outside the front door of their home at Rossmore Drive, Ballyfermot, in southwest Dublin.
Officers are satisfied that the thugs responsible for the attack selected the wrong house. The improvised device was described as fairly sophisticated. The bomb was planted under the rear right wheel of a Mercedes sports coupe, parked outside the house.
It exploded shortly before 2am yesterday, causing some damage to the car and marking the brick pavement with the force of the blast.
Grandfather Tommy Doyle said it was lucky his daughter, Mairead (26), her two young children and his son, Robert (23) were not hurt. "It is just frightening to think they had no regard for the kids or anything else for that matter. You had a six-year-old in the front room there, you've an 18-month old child in the other front room," he said of the attack outside the home.