Hunt goes on for grenade attack pair

Cormac Byrne

GARDAI are still hunting two young associates of 'Fat' Freddie Thompson over a 24-hour spate of gun and grenade attacks.

Officers from Sundrive Road Garda Station are today searching for the men, who they believe were involved in a grenade attack on an innocent couple, and a gun attack.

Three other suspects continue to be quizzed this morning over violent grenade and gun attacks last Monday, that have split younger members of 'Fat' Freddie Thompson's mob.

Gardai are trying to trace the whereabouts of two gangsters believed to be among six heavily involved in the disturbances in the Drimnagh area.

Separately, officers at Kevin Street are still quizzing a man over an unrelated murder of Drimnagh teenager David Byrne last Saturday.

The teen was one of eight arrested following the murder of Mr Byrne (19), who was stabbed to death in Inchicore.

Seven others, including two 13-year-olds, have been released without charge.

Meanwhile, it's feared that violence could escalate in the internal Thompson gang feud, which has prompted the garda crackdown.

No blood has been spilled so far in the internal war which saw 10 separate attacks in a 12-hour period on the streets and estates of Crumlin on Monday and Tuesday

Gardai are still trying to establish the exact motive behind the wave of violent incidents in which the homes of innocent people were hit.

Two men were arrested following a grenade attack in the Downpatrick Street area of Crumlin on Tuesday night while a further two were brought in for questioning following dawn raids yesterday morning. One of those men has since been released.

The Herald understands that one of those being quizzed is a man who was a reluctant witness at a recent high-profile murder trial.

The incidents, on Monday and Tuesday, included the breaking of windows in innocent people's houses and the discharging of firearms.

The most serious was the grenade attack on Downpatrick Road on Tuesday night.

None of the innocent occupants targeted are involved in crime and they were singled out because of connections to others in the dispute.