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Tiger kidnap bid abandoned

An armed gang abandoned an attempted tiger kidnapping on the family of a security worker after a panic alarm was set off.

Four masked robbers tried to abduct the man, his wife and their two-year-old son at their home in Kilmeade, near Athy, Co Kildare at 5am today.

The security worker, aged in his 30s, was leaving for work when the gang struck.

A Garda spokesman said the man set off a panic alarm when challenged and the raiders fled on foot.

A white van which the gang had been using was left at the scene and detectives believe the four men may have been picked up nearby in a getaway car.

Anyone who was in the Kilmeade area or travelling on the N78 between Kilcullen and Athy in the early hours of today is being urged to contact Kildare Garda Station.

Detectives are also appealing for information on any activity in the Kilmeade area in the past number of days.

It is the fourth attempted tiger kidnapping this year.

An armed gang held a mother and two daughters hostage on Good Friday when they tried to raid a post office in Prosperous, Co Kildare.

A garda was beaten with shovels and bars after he confronted four masked men at a post office in Cloonfad on the Mayo/Roscommon border earlier this month.

And two days before that, GPO An Post executive Liam O'Sullivan, his wife Mary and two children were held up by at least four armed raiders in their Co Kildare home.