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Victim is shot dead in packed bar

The pub was busy with customers preparing for a poker tournament
The pub was busy with customers preparing for a poker tournament

A man has been shot dead in a bar packed with customers in a killing thought by police to relate to an ongoing feud in Dublin.

Two men wearing balaclavas walked into the Ardlea pub in Artane in the north-east of Dublin at about 2030 BST on Friday.

The attackers singled out a 30-year-old man and shot him several times in the upper body with a handgun.

He was Anthony Russell from Cromcastle Drive, Kilmore, in Dublin.

The victim was rushed to the nearby Beaumont Hospital, but died from his injuries.

The pub was busy with customers preparing for a poker tournament.

The attackers fled in a silver Nissan car. Detectives believe the shooting is connected to a feud in which two other men have died, and which has seen several gun and grenade attacks in Dublin's inner city.

The feud began after gangland leader Christy Griffin was jailed for life for the rape of his partner's daughter last year.

It is understood the feud largely formed around two factions - one which stood by Griffin after the accusations surfaced and the other formed from an opposing group.

Irish state broadcaster RTE said Mr Russell had more than 24 convictions, including some for drug dealing.

He had also survived a previous gun attack on his life two years ago.




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