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Drogheda gangland feud escalates after pipe bomb placed in vehicle’s exhaust

Gardai at the scene of yesterday’s explosion in Drogheda where a pipe bomb device was used to target car of mobster’s girlfriend
Gardai at the scene of yesterday’s explosion in Drogheda where a pipe bomb device was used to target car of mobster’s girlfriend

By Ken Foy

Associates of an Irish mob boss shot and injured in July are believed to be behind a terrifying incident where a pipe bomb was placed in the exhaust pipe of a car belonging to the girlfriend of a rival mobster.

It's understood there was a small explosion when the device was discovered around 2.40pm yesterday in Drogheda.

It's the latest instalment in a bitter feud in the area.

The innocent woman was targeted by the gang after the tit-for-tat feud escalated significantly in recent days.

Six separate attacks have taken place between Thursday night and Friday morning.

Those incidents are understood to include four petrol bomb attacks, as well as an assault on a teenager.

The latest incident took place yesterday afternoon when gardai were alerted to a suspicious device.

It was placed close to a parked car on Dublin Road in the Co Louth town.

Homes were evacuated as police puts a security cordon in place.

Last night gardai said the device had been made safe by an Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal team.

Armed officers had been carrying out stop and search patrols in recent days in an attempt to curb the rising tensions and maintain the peace.

However, sources have said that more Garda resources are needed in order to tackle the feud.

There have been fears in recent weeks that the spate of incidents will eventually lead to someone being killed.

The feud kicked off on July 5 this year when Owen Maguire was shot.

He survived the attempted murder bid, however he is still undergoing treatment at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dublin.

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