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Post office raid foiled in latest tiger kidnapping

An armed gang have held three women hostage during the latest so-called tiger kidnapping.

Four men, wearing balaclavas and armed with crowbars and a sledge hammer, burst into the home of the postmistress in Ballinafagh, Prosperous, Co Kildare shortly after 1am.

Two women in the house were locked into a bedroom while guarded by two men, while the postmistress was driven by the other two to the post office.

But the plot was foiled by security procedures and systems in place and the gang members could not get access to cash.

They brought the postmistress back to her house and bundled her into the room with the other women before fleeing the scene.

One of the women managed to break out of the room and raise the alarm.

None of the three, aged from their 40s to mid 70s, were injured in the incident.

Detectives have appealed for anyone who saw anything suspicious at the home and the post office between 1am and 2.30am, or in the last week, to come forward

This is the third tiger kidnapping this year.

A garda was beaten with shovels and bars after he confronted four masked men at a post office in Cloonfad on the Mayo/Roscommon border earlier this month.

The four raiders had entered a private house adjoining the post office and tied up the retired postmaster, aged in his 70s.

The shocked man was bundled into a car and taken to the home of the new postmistress, Geraldine Finnegan, in nearby Williamstown, east Galway.

Ms Finnegan and her elderly parents were abducted and taken back to the first house where all four were imprisoned overnight.

The alarm was raised when Ms Finnegan's brother found the family home empty, and the gang fled empty-handed after being confronted by the garda.

Just two days earlier An Post executive Liam O'Sullivan, his wife Mary and two children, were held up by at least four armed raiders in their Co Kildare home.

Mr O'Sullivan was forced to go to the GPO on Dublin's O'Connell Street to get money.

But his wife - the sister of Fianna Fail whip Sean O Fearghail - managed to free herself, and the gang escaped empty-handed.