Garda€ have said it's too early to say whether last night's botched abduction in north Dublin is linked to two other so-called "tiger kidnappings" in the area in recent days.
But it's been confirmed that a family who was held hostage at their home on Glasnevin Avenue overnight was targeted because the mother is a keyholder for a post office at Ballygall East in Finglas.
The father and son were driven off by members of the gang in a van, which later broke down on a slipway of the M50 near Blanchardstown.
Garda€ are looking for anyone who may have seen the two gunmen leaving the van shortly after seven o'clock this morning.
Superintendent Gabriel McIntyre said today the armed gang was a professional outfit with good local knowledge:
"There was, we believe, up to four people at the scene.
He added, "We believe a certain amount of preparatory work was carried out - they had extensive local knowledge."