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Teen suspected of gangland assassination attempt

A BOY aged just 16 is suspected of carrying out a gangland assassination attempt in Dublin.

The youngster on a bicycle fired several shots, pumping a bullet into the chest of a Republican agitator.

The youth opened fire on Frank Nolan (48) in broad daylight in Ballyfermot. The gun attack is thought to be part of a Republican split and the boy was used by the Real IRA to carry out the shooting.

Nolan remained in a critical condition in hospital today as detectives hunted the teen assassin, who fled the scene at Oranmore Road on a bicycle at around 3.20pm yesterday.

Nolan had collected his dole money from a local post office shortly before he was shot.