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"Gangland hit" foiled as gardai arrest two men and seize gun

Michael Frazer
Michael Frazer

GARDAI foiled a suspected gangland hit when they arrested two men and seized a loaded firearm in South Dublin last night.

The men were stopped in a van on the Kylemore Road in Ballyfermot between 7.30pm and 8pm and arrested at the scene on suspicion of conspiracy to murder.

A loaded gun was recovered from the vehicle.

The pair, aged 34 and 38, were brought to Crumlin Garda Station for questioning.

Gardai are investigating if gangland target Michael Frazer, who has escaped five previous attempts on his life, was the intended target of the hit team.

The arrests came as a result of an intelligence-led Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau operation.

Local councillor Daithi de Roiste said the arrests and firearm seizure shows how rife criminality remains in the area.

“This is another example of how criminality remains a serious problem in Dublin,” he said.

“I would like to praise the quick action of gardai. It is very likely they have foiled a gangland hit.”

Fellow local councillor Daithi Doolan added: “I would like to congratulate the gardai whose actions have saved a life tonight.

“This operation has helped to protect life. I absolutely condemn criminals for their activities. People would have been put in danger by these criminals, including children who are out playing on the streets,” he said.

“The gardai deserve to be fully resourced in their fight against crime and I will be looking for more resources for gardai in Ballyfermot.

“They clearly saved someone’s life tonight.”