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Gardai quiz tiger kidnap suspects

Five suspected gang members were being questioned for a second day over the tiger kidnapping of a bank worker and his wife.

Armed gardai arrested the men in raids on a number of houses in south and west Dublin on Saturday.

They are being held in connection with the 300,000 euro (£250,000) theft on the AIB in Clondalkin village.

Four men in their 20s were arrested in Kilcock, Co Kildare, with a fifth man in his 30s detained in Blanchardstown.

Sums of money were also discovered in two of the houses searched.

The bank worker and his wife were targeted at their home in Templeogue, west Dublin, in the early hours of Friday. Three men - one armed - took the woman from her home while her husband, an AIB employee, was ordered to carry out the theft at his branch.

The cash was dropped off at an arranged site before the man's wife was freed hours later near a quarry in rural Wicklow.

Gardai, supported by members of the Organised Crime Unit and the Emergency Response Unit, carried out the raids.

Two of the suspects are being held at Terenure Garda Station, two in Crumlin and one in Rathmines. All are being detained under Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act. They can be held for up to a week.

Gardai have appealed for information from anyone who was in Clondalkin on Friday morning or who may have seen two vehicles - a black 10-D registration Volkswagen Golf and a black Nissan Qashqai with a 08-D registration - which may have been used by the gang during the day.

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