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How a €70 debt resulted in a Traveller gang bringing a Brazilian 'murder squad' to Offaly

Innocent children at risk of being caught in the crossfire - source

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Members of the Garda Emergency Response Unit made the arrests 
(Stock image)

Members of the Garda Emergency Response Unit made the arrests (Stock image)

Members of the Garda Emergency Response Unit made the arrests (Stock image)

Four Brazilian nationals who are suspected of being part of a "murder squad" are in garda custody tonight after officers seized a submachine gun and sawn-off shotgun as part of a major intelligence operation.

Senior sources said that the Brazilians had been hired by a Traveller gang to target the home of a man in the Arden View estate of Tullamore.

A feud in the Offaly town, that started over a €70 drugs debt, has been spiralling out of control over the past month and has now escalated to the point where innocent children could be murdered.