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Fleeing raiders open fire on gardai

ARMED raiders fired shots at gardai as they fled from a Dublin credit union yesterday.

Mountain bike officers had to dodge bullets as the two men escaped. They hijacked a car which was later found abandoned in Belmayne.

The drama began around 5.30pm when the armed robbers entered Portmarnock Credit Union.

They demanded cash from staff at gunpoint and left with an undisclosed amount.

A source said: "This was a terrifying incident. Somebody could have been killed."

Gardai immediately launched an investigation and arrested a man in his 20s in the Belmayne area a short time later.


A vehicle containing cash and a handgun was also recovered in the search.

Investigating gardai preserved scenes in both Portmarnock and Belmayne pending full technical and forensic examinations.

The raid was one of two in the city yesterday afternoon.

In a separate incident, two men armed with a knife entered a TSB branch in Phibsborough before fleeing with cash.

The pair left with what sources say was a "small amount of cash" but were arrested just minutes later.

Gardai discovered the men, who are in their 40s, just yards from the bank.

It's understood that some customers were in the bank at the time of the incident but nobody was injured. One of the men is believed to have approached a cash desk and threatened a member of staff.