Gardai open fire in kidnap hunt
Gardai opened fire as they intercepted a man suspected of being part of a tiger kidnap gang.
Shots were fired on the Malahide Road in north Dublin after armed officers attempted to stop and search a car believed to have been used in the robbery of the post office several miles away at Bayside, Sutton.
A man in his 20s was arrested and a quantity of cash recovered from the car.
Gardai said they became aware of a suspected tiger kidnapping this morning after three women were abducted from their home in Malahide, north Co Dublin, in the early hours by three armed and masked men.
Detectives said they were driven to the Bayside post office.
The gang stole cash and fled the scene in a dark coloured car.
Gardai said a car believed to be carrying one of the robbers was intercepted on the Malahide Road by officers from the Emergency Response Unit and other officers.
"A number of shots were discharged by gardai at this scene," a Garda spokesman said.
Two other men believed to have been involved in the abduction and robbery were described as being in their l ate 40s or early 50s, with Dublin accents and both were said to have been of chubby build.
One man had grey-white hair and was 5' 10" tall and wearing dark leggings and a similar top while the second had dark grey hair and was wearing blue runners with a green stripe.
Gardai said the women were not injured but had been through a traumatic experience.