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November 7 2017 12:51 AM
Four men have been arrested in Dublin on suspicion of conspiracy to murder by gardai investigating organised crime gangs in the city.
The major swoop was carried out by specialist officers investigating the long-running bloody feud between the Kinahan and Hutch crime gangs.
A gun and silencer were also seized during the operation.
The detained men are aged 23, 35, 37 and 38.
The were arrested in the north inner city.
The are being held under the provisions of section 50 Criminal Justice Act 2007 on suspicion of conspiracy to murder.
Gardai from Special Crime Operations (SCO) were assisted by the Emergency Response Unit and Armed Support Unit.
Assistant Commissioner John O'Driscoll said the operation represented a significant achievement in what he said was the Garda's "ongoing and unrelenting effort" to tackle organised crime gangs and their "total disregard" for human life.
Mr O'Driscoll added: "I continue to be heartened and assured by the level of absolute commitment and 'top drawer' professionalism and, indeed, bravery exhibited over and over again by the personnel within the Garda Siochana who are assigned to the difficult tasks associated with the operational activity involved."