Belfast Telegraph

Drug lord 'The Panda' shot dead

One of Ireland's most notorious drug lords has been shot dead in a gangland gun attack.

Michael Kelly, nicknamed The Panda, was gunned down in broad daylight outside an apartment block in Clongriffin, north Dublin.

The 30-year-old criminal, a suspect in several gruesome murders, was said to be one of the capital's biggest gangsters.

Kelly, also known as Micka, of Swans Nest Road in nearby Kilbarrack, was recently targeted by the Criminal Assets Bureau - which was given the go-ahead to sell off two cars and a house bought from the proceeds of crime.

He was also due back before the Circuit Criminal Court in October to be arraigned on five charges of failing to make tax returns - in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007 - and two of making inaccurate returns in 2004 and 2005.

It is understood his girlfriend recently gave birth and was close by when he was shot near a children's playground on Marrsfield Avenue at about 1.15pm.

Gardai in Coolock have appealed for witnesses and asked anyone who was in the area to come forward.

It is believed two men carried out the attack and fled in a car.

Kelly's gang was suspected of organising several murders - including the double killing of international drug trafficker David Lindsay and his sidekick Alan Napper, who vanished in July 2008.

The Panda has also been linked to the gangland murders of criminals Anthony Russell, Anthony Foster and Sean Winters, a drug dealer shot dead in Portmarnock a year ago.

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