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Dublin Steps Up Security in Wake of Regency Hotel Attack

Impacting Travel | Patrick Clarke | February 08, 2016

Dublin Steps Up Security in Wake of Regency Hotel Attack

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Ireland's Gardai are setting up armed checkpoints throughout Dublin following Friday's deadly attack at the popular Regency Hotel, the Guardian reported.

The attack occurred during a boxing weigh-in at the hotel Friday afternoon when five gunmen armed with AK-47 assault rifles and handguns opened fire, killing Irish gangster David Byrne and injuring two others. A sixth person involved drove the getaway vehicle, authorities said.

The hotel's owner James McGettigan said he was chatting with General Manager John Glynn over a cup of tea when the attack began and told the Independent that he witnessed the killing.

"This was an assassination," said McGettigan. "These guys had no issues with shooting anyone. It was a military operation. These guys knew what they were doing. They were very, very calm."

Gardai told the Guardian that they are currently working alongside Interpol and other police forces in the U.K. and Spain as they investigate the attack. In the meantime, additional armed officers have been deployed throughout Dublin and a strong police presence remained at the hotel over the weekend.

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Authorities are hoping the enhanced security will quell the threat of retaliation.

The BBC reported the Continuity IRA claimed responsibility for Friday's attack. 

"This will not be an isolated incident," a spokesman for the group told the BBC. "Continuity IRA units have been authorized to carry out further operations. More drug dealers and criminals will be targeted."

Dramatic footage published to YouTube Friday captured the moment the gunmen stormed the hotel and opened fire.

In addition to boxing officials, fans and tourists were inside the hotel during Friday's attack.


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