‘Action Against Drugs’ in fresh shooting

A family of six has escaped injury in a gun attack on their home on the outskirts of west Belfast. A shot was fired at the front door of the house at Aspen Walk, Twinbrook
A family of six has escaped injury in a gun attack on their home on the outskirts of west Belfast. A shot was fired at the front door of the house at Aspen Walk, Twinbrook

A shooting incident in Dunmurry has been linked to a group which the Chief Constable said was involved in the murder of Kevin McGuigan - Action Against Drugs.

Detectives in Lisburn are investigating the report of a shooting incident at Aspen Walk in Dunmurry on the evening of Thursday 10th September.

Kevin McGuigan

Kevin McGuigan

Graffiti sprayed at the scene included the names of two men and added: “Drug dealers out - A.A.D”.

Officers received a report that a shot had been fired at the front door of a house at around 9.35pm. Minor damage was caused and there were no reports of injuries to any of the occupants of the house.

Inspector David McBride said, “ Three men wearing dark clothing and masks were seen in the area at the time of the incident and I would appeal to anyone who saw these men or who has any information about the incident to contact detectives at Lisburn on 101. Information can also be given anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

The murder of former IRA man Kevin McGuigan in Belfast last month prompted the PSNI to say the Provisional IRA still existed in skeleton form and that individual members were involved in the shooting.

But he said that the IRA leadership had not ordered the shooting and that the organisation remained committed to peace.

However some critics believe that the IRA leadership must have given the order which then links the shooting to leadership of Sinn Fein.

The revelations have caused political shock waves which have threatened to bring down Stormont.

On August 22 the Chief Constable George Hamilton said: “I want to comment on the connection, or lack of connection between the PIRA and the group calling itself ‘Action Against Drugs’. Action Against Drugs has emerged from within the Republican community from a range of backgrounds. Some are former members of the Provisional IRA, but others have links to Violent Dissident Republican groups and others are from a pure organised crime background. This group is intent on taking action against what it perceives as anti-social elements in Belfast but this is done in pursuit of their own criminal agenda. They are little more than an organised crime group in my view and we assess that Action Against Drugs is an independent group that is not part of, or a cover name for the Provisional IRA.

“That said, in the McGuigan murder enquiry the SIO is appropriately following a line of enquiry that has shown connections and cooperation between Action Against Drugs as a group and a number of individuals who are members of the Provisional IRA. As I have just said, we are currently not in possession of information that indicates that Provisional IRA involvement was sanctioned or directed at a senior or organisational level within the Provisional IRA or the broader Republican movement.”