A BLOODY gang war which saw a 17-year-old decapitated will not end until THREE more people are executed, police sources say.
The severed head of teenager Keane Mulready-Woods was found in a blazing Volvo hatchback in Drumcondra, Dublin, last week.
Detectives think he was savagely murdered as part of a drugs war between crews based in Drogheda, a town north of Dublin.
Irish cops have received intelligence that the feud would not be over until three major enemies of a paralysed gang boss were dead.
Police pleaded with Owen Maguire, who has been left in a wheelchair because of the violence, to stop the bloodshed last year.
Maguire’s associates — who include the Mr Big behind the murder of Real IRA boss Alan Ryan — ignored the officer’s pleas made during the private meeting.
Law enforcement sources say that three of the gangster’s enemies now have targets on their backs.
They include the “serial killer” of Mulready-Woods, the gunman who tried to kill Maguire when he was blasted six times in July 2018 and another thug who’s been linked to a number of murder bids on his associates.
The police’s meeting with Maguire was held shortly before his associates shot dead Keith Brannigan on August 27, last year, in Clogherhead, Co Louth.
Just three months later, his associates also murdered married father-of-two Richard Carberry.
The chief suspect in the murder of Mulready-Woods is a gangland psychopath who vowed revenge after Carberry’s slaying.
A source said: “A senior officer met with Maguire and asked him to help end the feud before it spiralled out of control. It was a genuine attempt to end a dispute which was destroying lives in Drogheda.
“Maguire didn’t say much in the exchange and because he wasn’t under arrest, anything he may have said could not have been used in any future court proceedings.
“The officer had an obligation to do everything to help end the dispute, but his request was completely ignored by Maguire’s associates.
“Maguire is sitting at home and will never walk again and he’s obsessed with the fact he’s in a wheelchair. He has nothing else to think about.”
As part of our latest revelations on the deadly feud which has so far claimed three lives, we also reveal how Irish police foiled a planned hit in Drogheda just a day before Mulready-Woods was abducted, murdered and his body dismembered.
Investigators received intelligence Maguire’s associates had planned to target a rival. But the kill plot was foiled when armed officers swamped the town last Saturday.
A source added: “The targeting by both sides is happening on a daily basis. They are watching each other all the time.
“There was information coming in that someone would be targeted last weekend and that’s why there was a huge Garda (police) presence in the town.
“When Gardai receive information of this nature they saturate areas but it’s impossible to be everywhere.
“These guys are intent on wiping each other out and are not afraid to pick up a gun — despite knowing they could meet a Garda patrol.
“One innocent taxi man has already had a lucky escape and the concern is that another member of the public or a front-line emergency worker could be next.”
The senior officer also warned young people like Mulready-Woods were being sucked into the world of organised crime.
Chief Supt Mangan said: “Our message to them and their families is to do whatever they can to avoid this type of life.
“The key role for teenagers recruited to the gangs is often intimidation. Families have been left terrorised because of it.”
The warring factions in Drogheda were once part of the same gang. But when former pals decided start their own drug-dealing network, the mob split in two.
In the summer of 2018, the one-time pals started issuing threats as they both sought to climb to the summit of the drugs trade along the east coast of Ireland.
The feud escalated in July 2018 when Maguire was shot. The chief suspect is Mulready-Woods’ suspected killer.
The maniac is also at war with Mr Big, whose gang murdered Real IRA leader Ryan in September 2012.
There have also been pipe-bombings, arson attacks, stabbings, kidnappings and vicious assaults during 18 months of mayhem.
Since then police under ‘Operation Stratus’ have swamped the Drogheda, seized weapons, made a number of arrests as they attempt to keep the warring factions apart.
The Armed Support Unit and Emergency Response Unit have also been drafted into the town to prevent further attacks.
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