Gardai are investigating a firebomb attack on the family home of gang boss ‘Fat' Freddie Thompson.
The attack – caught on CCTV installed at the south inner city house – could have caused serious injury or death to the occupants.
Our exclusive photos show the scorch damage the makeshift petrol bomb caused to the front door of the property.
'Fat' Freddie was not in the house at the time, and is believed to be abroad, but his mother was at home.
A senior source explained: “Mrs Thompson has allowed gardai to view the CCTV.
“It shows two young men with hoodies on throwing what appears to be a bottle at the house. At this stage, they have not been identified but they look as if they could be young enough to be even underage.”
This is not the first time that Thompson's home has been targeted this year.
In the early hours of May 15, a viable pipe bomb was thrown at the back of the property in the early hours of the morning.
An army bomb disposal team was called to the address at 2.15am and made the pipe bombs safe. No controlled explosion was carried out.
Gardai were alerted to the situation after getting a call from a person in the house and officers in turn contacted the defence forces.
The Herald has previously revealed that associates of rival gangster Gerard Eglinton are suspected of being responsible for that pipe bomb incident.
Feared criminal Eglinton – who has links to the King Ratt gang who have been feuding with ‘Fat' Freddie's mob – has been at war with Thompson and his cronies all year.
Last week, the Herald reported how Eglinton was linked to an alleged knife attack in Portarlington, Co Laois, which had nothing to do with the feuding in Dublin.
He was also the victim of a brutal assault while giving evidence at a Dublin District Court hearing in July. Eglinton was present during an incident in which 'Fat' Freddie Thompson's brother suffered a broken leg and his wife was stabbed in the face in a south city pub in March.
He was arrested in relation to this assault by heavily armed gardai but was later released without charge.
The savage attack on Freddie's brother Ritchie (40) and his wife, Catherine, at the Karma Stone pub in Camden Street has still not been avenged but sources are in no doubt that the criminal responsible for the assault is a dead man walking.
Sources say that “so far there is nothing to indicate that Eglinton's crew” were responsible for last Sunday's attempted petrol bomb attack.
It was the third time that ‘Fat' Freddie's family home has been targeted by rival gangsters and on each occasion he has not been present in the house.
In June, 2009, a shotgun blast was fired at the front window of his family home in the Coombe area. No one was injured in that incident.
Meanwhile, it is understood that gardai have received reliable intelligence that 'Fat' Freddie will spend more time in Dublin over the coming months after spending the bulk of the past 18 months in the UK.