Thursday 18 January 2018

Gardai quiz three teens after gun, grenade attacks

Tom Brady Security Editor

THREE teenagers were being questioned last night by gardai investigating a series of gun and grenade attacks involving criminal gangs. The attacks are believed to stem from separate rows on the southside of Dublin.

Some of the incidents are being linked to a row in the Marble Arch pub in Crumlin last Sunday night.

Within hours of the pub brawl, shots were fired into two houses in the Drimnagh area but nobody was injured.

Gardai believed that the two shootings were carried out by the same group and connected with the pub row. Extra patrols were sent into the area and gardai later arrested a 15-year-old youth at Herberton in Rialto.

Officers said the teenager was acting suspiciously and they found a sawn-off shotgun on the ground nearby.

The youth was not suspected of being involved in the shootings but was thought to have been attempting to hide the weapon when he was spotted.

Arising from a separate row among feuding gangs, a live hand grenade was thrown at a house at Monasterboice Road in Crumlin. It struck a window and exploded.

Gardai believe the bomb was intended for a different house but the attackers selected the wrong target.

In follow-up inquiries, detectives arrested two suspects, aged 17 and 18 years.

All three suspects were being held for questioning last night at Crumlin, Sundrive Road and Terenure garda stations under section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.

They can be detained without charge for up to 72 hours.

Irish Independent

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