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Cross border hunt for killer gang
Garda believe all the attacks are linked
Garda believe all the attacks are linked
Police on both sides of the border are searching for an armed gang following the killing of a man in County Louth and the injuring of two others.

The attacks, which involved the use of machetes, took place during a series of car thefts on Tuesday.

The hijackers rammed a car at St Brigid's shrine at Upper Faughart outside Dundalk shortly after 2300 GMT.

It is understood a row followed during which the 37-year-old passenger was killed and the driver, 41, injured.

Gardai believe the assaults are linked to two earlier attacks.

During one, a man was wounded with a machete. He was admitted to hospital where he received 45 stitches to his arm.

In another attack, a gang stole a car from a woman motorist who had been travelling with her son.

Detectives believe the attacks may also be linked to a hijacking about an later of a white Escort van from Bessbrook in County Armagh.

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