Sunday 11 December 2016

Three AK-47 assault rifles used in Regency Hotel attack seized by gardai

Paul Williams

Published 10/03/2016 | 06:43

Flowers left outside the Regency Hotel in Dublin after one man died and two others were injured following a shooting incident at the hotel where a weigh-in for a boxing match was taking place
Flowers left outside the Regency Hotel in Dublin after one man died and two others were injured following a shooting incident at the hotel where a weigh-in for a boxing match was taking place

Three AK-47 assault rifles suspected of being used in the Regency Hotel gun attack have been seized by gardai.

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The weapons were discovered after gardai searched a car in Slane, Co Meath, yesterday.

One man was arrested at the scene.

It is understood gardai are satisfied the weapons seized were used in the attack on the Regency hotel, however they are yet to be forensically examined.

David Byrne (33) was shot dead after gunmen stormed the hotel during a boxing weigh-in.

Yesterday's arrest and seizure was the first major development in the case since the shooting.

It is understood gardai were following the line of inquiry that the weapons used in the attack were borrowed from dissident republicans north of the border.

The development comes after a series of raids yesterday on associates of the Kinahan cartel by officers from the Criminal Assets Bureau.

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