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Innocent woman (54) in home when petrol bomb thrown at north Dublin house


Garda: File photo

Garda: File photo

Garda: File photo

Major damage has been caused to the front of a north Dublin home in a petrol bomb attack.

The incident happened at a property at Whitethorn Crescent at around 2.45am yesterday when the bomb was thrown at the front of the property.

It is understood that the intended target was not in the house, but it was occupied by an innocent 54-year-old woman who was uninjured in the explosion.

The same property was the scene of a shotgun attack at 11pm on April 6 when four shots were fired at it.

There were five occupants in the house at that time but no one was injured.

However, extensive damage was caused to the front of the property.

A young man in his early 20s who arrived at the scene shortly after the shooting is believed to have been the intended target of both that incident and yesterday’s attack.

The incidents are being investigated by gardai based at Clontarf Garda Station.

So far no arrests have been made in the case which is being treated as a criminal damage investigation.

The suspected target has also been warned by detectives that there is a credible threat against his life.

In a previous incident, two young north inner city criminals were intercepted by gardai carrying out surveillance on the man.

However, sources said that detectives were already watching the two suspects which led to their arrest after a late-night car

chase involving a large number of garda patrol vehicles in mid-March.

An Artane gang who are led by two brothers are suspected of being involved in a campaign of terror against the intended target.

Sources say the “up and coming” thugs have been throwing their weight around in recent months.

It is also believed that another mob who are connected to the “Mr Big” crew are also plotting to murder the young man.

Members of that gang were involved in a gruesome attack on one of his friends in which they sliced his face with a knife.