Monday 23 October 2017

Gardai wait to quiz SUV bomb suspect

The Destroyed Jeep on Long Lane near the Meath Hospital
The Destroyed Jeep on Long Lane near the Meath Hospital

Ken Foy

GARDAI have still not spoken with a 21-year-old man who suffered severe injuries after he was allegedly involved in putting a bomb beside an SUV which then blew up.

The man was still being treated in the Mater Hospital last night after he was injured in the explosion, which happened on Long Lane in the south inner city at 11pm on Sunday night.

However the bungling suspect is aware that gardai are at the hospital waiting to speak to him as he recovers from injuries to his face and upper body.

A source told the Herald that the suspect will be arrested as soon as he is well enough to be questioned by detectives.

He is known to gardai but mostly for minor offences before Sunday night's bomb attack.

The 37-year-old owner of the targeted vehicle is not believed to be involved in the crime but may have fallen foul of a south inner city criminal grouping described as “particularly nasty and dangerous.”

One of the mob has links to a suspect in a gruesome gangland gun murder in a Dublin pub in 2009.

After the SUV exploded, the injured man fled in the direction of New Street and Clanbrassil Street, bumping into cars and lamp posts because he was blinded by the blast.

Bleeding profusely from his wounds, the man wrapped clothing around his arm and hand and clutched it to the side of his head which was “roaring red” according to witnesses.

As he struggled up Long Lane on foot, the man dripped blood onto the footpaths and roadways as he wandered blindly in a wayward fashion.

The man is believed to have flagged down a taxi on New Street or Clanbrassil Street, going in the direction of St Patrick's Cathedral which eventually brought him to the Mater Hospital.

It is understood that he had surgery in the hospital on Monday afternoon and it is expected that gardai will finally get a chance to speak to him tomorrow.

The man who owns the targeted SUV is originally from the capital's northside but has been living in a flats complex in Dublin's south inner city in recent times close to his business.

The army bomb squad was called to the scene by gardai after locals in the area near the old Meath Hospital reported hearing a massive bang and seeing an SUV type vehicle on fire at around 10.50pm on Sunday.

The explosion could be easily heard in a large area of the south inner city and Dublin city centre.

Sources said that “high grade explosive” was used in the device which is described as being sophisticated.

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