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Two Dublin criminals are at the centre of a number violent feud incidents which have led to a major clampdown by gardai in Co Longford.

One of the criminals was forced to flee Dublin after he was shot in the backside during a drive-by gun attack.

As part of an investigation launched last summer - codenamed Operation Edict - gardai are continuing to put huge pressure on the criminals as well as a dangerous Traveller gang who they have been feuding with.

Fraught

Sources say that the situation in towns such as Edgeworthstown and Longford is "complicated and fraught", but local officers who have been using the armed Regional Support Unit (RSU) now have a "very good handle on the situation", sources said.

Eight arrests have been made in the last fortnight as part of Operation Edict and gardai are operating an "in-your-face" style of policing to deal with the organised criminals who have links to dangerous gangs in the capital as well as Traveller gangs with a national profile.

Gardai have been profiling the money that some of the criminals are making with a view to passing on evidence to the Criminal Assets Bureau.

During the ongoing operation, a large number of searches have been carried out resulting in the seizure of a viable pipe bomb as well as ammunition.

A senior source pointed out that a reckless thug, originally from Finglas, is at the centre of much of the investigations.

This criminal, aged in his late 20s, was forced to flee Dublin after a number of attempts on his life including a stabbing and surviving a drive-by shooting.

He is understood to have previously had links with a dangerous tiger kidnap gang based in north Dublin and was mates with murdered pals Eoin O' Connor and Anthony Keegan who were brutally shot dead in Co Cavan in April.

Another criminal who gardai have been closely monitoring in Co Longford is a Dubliner with links to criminal Troy Jordan.

Operation Edict was instigated last summer due to concerns about the level of burglaries and drug dealing in the towns.

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