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Toddler lucky to be alive after shots fired into house over feud


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A two-year-old girl was lucky to escape with her life when shots were fired into a front door as she innocently played in a hallway of the home.

It was the latest incident in a bitter feud in Co Longford that senior gardaí believe could develop into gangland warfare as serious the murderous Drogheda feud.

In a significant development, around a half a dozen members of one side of the Longford feud, including women, were issued with GIM forms by gardaí on Thursday night - officially warning them of threats against their lives.


The gun attack at the Anally Gardens estate in the midlands town on Wednesday night, in which the toddler was almost killed, is one of four violent firearms and bomb attacks to happen in just 10 days in the county.

Three of these incidents are suspected of being carried out by one faction, while a retaliation petrol bomb attack that happened at a property at 3am yesterday in a housing estate in Longford is considered the other side's first violent action.

In the latest incident, children were asleep in a nearby property when a caravan and car were petrol bombed.

Under-resourced gardaí are struggling to tackle the escalating feud amid fears someone will be murdered within days.

"More resources are needed here and they are needed very, very quickly," a source said last night.

"There has been armed support here but it is now needed 24-7. If you think Drogheda is bad, this could be even worse very quickly," the source added.

In one incident at 10.30pm on Tuesday of last week, two shots were fired into a kitchen window of the house, while at 12.10pm on Friday of last week one shot was fired at the house.

One theory being explored by detectives is that an associate of a criminal connected to the property is being targeted over a €30,000 drugs debt that he claims he paid over to gang debt collector Hamid Sanambar before the 41-year-old was blasted to death in the Kilmore area of the capital's northside on May 28 last.


However, in a tangled gangland web it has now emerged that a row over property has emerged as the most likely motive in the ongoing feud and the Sanambar theory may be only a sideline in the wider warfare.

Gardaí are investigating more than 90 violent incidents linked to the spiralling Longford dispute, which includes shootings, attempted murders, stabbings and petrol bomb attacks.

Irish Independent