Sunday 24 September 2017

Foiled gangland hit: Two Kinahan hitmen 'were on way to shoot former gang member Michael Frazer'

Michael Frazer
Michael Frazer

Cathal McMahon and Alan O'Keefe

Gardaí believe they foiled a gang hit when they arrested two men and seized a fire arm in south Dublin on Monday night.

Two low level Kinahan associates were arrested during the operation in Ballyfermot.

Gardaí believe they were planning to kill gangland target Michael Frazer.

Frazer has survived at least five attempts on his life in the last three years. He has fallen foul of members of the Kinahan cartel after a personal dispute.

Gardaí do not believe the attack was directly linked to the feud between the Hutch crime faction and the Kinahans.

A loaded handgun, along with a can of petrol, were found when gardaí stopped their van.

Crumlin Garda Station
Crumlin Garda Station

It is believed that the two men (aged 34 and 38), members of the Kinahan crime cartel, were on their way to shoot Frazer, who lives in the Crumlin area.

The men were wearing gloves and camouflage clothing, RTE Reports.

The pair were intercepted by the garda Emergency Response Unit on the Kylemore Road in Ballyfermot at around 8pm on Monday evening.

They are currently being question in Crumlin Garda Station, having been detained on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder.

Gardaí do not believe the foiled shooting is feud related but is "related to the internal workings of the organisation".

Local councillor Daithí de Róiste said: "This is another example of how criminality remains a serious problem in Dublin.

"I would like to praise the quick action of Gardaí. It is very likely they have foiled a gangland hit."

Councillor Daithi Doolan praised gardaí for potentially saving someone's life.

He told Independent.ie: "I would like to congratulate the gardai whose actions have saved a life.

"This intelligence led operation has helped to protect life.

"I absolutely condemn criminals for their activities in Dublin, who tonight were found to be behaving with blatant disregard for the safety of the community.

"People would have been put in danger by these criminals, including children who are out playing on the streets.

"The gardai deserve to be fully resourced in their fight against crime and I will be looking for more resources for gardai in Ballyfermot.

"They clearly saved someone's life tonight."

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